AS Level Physics · AQA (legacy)

Dates Available
Week 1: Monday 28 March – Friday 1 April
Week 2: Monday 4 – Friday 8 April
Week 3: Monday 11 – Friday 15 April

AQA A 1451

Not suitable for students studying the AQA-B specification

Length of Course
20 hours

9am to 1pm daily

The course examines key topic areas and extensive use will be made of previous exam questions to illustrate relevant principles. The course will focus on exam technique and relating principles to applications. The course will cover the following topics:

PHYA1 Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity

  • Particles and Radiation
    Constituents of the atom; Stable and unstable nuclei; Particles, antiparticles and photons; Particle interactions; Classification of particles; Quarks and antiquarks.
  • Electromagnetic Radiation and Quantum Phenomena
    The photoelectric effect; Collisions of electrons with atoms; Energy levels and photon emission; Wave-particle duality.
  • Current Electricity
    Charge, current and potential difference; Current / voltage characteristics; Resistivity; Circuits; Potential divider; Electromotive force and internal resistance; Alternating currents; Oscilloscope.

PHYA2 Mechanics, Materials and Waves

  • Mechanics
    Scalars and vectors; Moments; Motion along a straight line; 
    Projectile motion; Newton’s laws of motion; Work, energy and power; Conservation of energy.
  • Materials
    Bulk properties of solids; Young’s Modulus.
  • Waves
    Progressive Waves; Longitudinal and transverse waves; Refraction at a plane surface; Superposition of waves, stationary waves; Interference; Diffraction.

PHYA3 (Investigative and Practical Skills) not covered on this course