AS Level Physics · AQA (reformed)

Dates Available
Week 1: Monday 26 - Friday 30 March
Week 2: Monday 2 - Friday 6 April
Week 3: Monday 9 - Friday 13 April

AQA A 7407

Not suitable for students studying AQA Physics B

Length of Course
20 hours

9am to 1pm daily

The course examines key Section 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:

Section 1 Measurements and their Errors

Quantities and Units

Vectors and Scalars


Implications of scientific knowledge

Section 2 Particles and Radiation

Radiation, atoms, antimatter, the Standard Model, the fundamental forces, E=mc2

Photons, spectra, the photoelectric effect, wave-particle duality, the electronvolt

Section 3 Waves and the Particle Nature of Light

Progressive waves, wave properties, refraction and reflection, superposition and interference

Young’s double slits, diffraction gratings, stationary waves, optical fibres

Section 4 Mechanics and Materials

Motion in a straight line, SUVAT (constant acceleration) equations, projectile motion, freefall

Newton’s laws, Linear Momentum, Impulse, Collisions

Force diagrams, terminal velocity, moments and couples, Conservation of energy, kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, power and efficiency

Springs and Hooke’s law, elastic potential energy, Stress-strain and the Young modulus

Density and pressure, Archimedes’ principle

Section 5 Electricity

Charge, Current, Kirchoff’s laws, energy, power and resistance

Circuit components and symbols, I-V characteristics, resistivity

Resistor combinations, analysing circuits, internal resistance, potential dividers, sensing circuits

The practical endorsement is not explicitly covered on this course, however relevant experiments and techniques will be discussed where appropriate throughout.