PHYSICS

EXAM BOARD: AQA – COURSE CODE: 7407/7408

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Grade 6 in Physics (or 7 in Science Trilogy) and a Grade 6 in Mathematics

OVERVIEW OF COURSE

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and Radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and Materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
  7. Fields and their Consequences
  8. Nuclear Physics

With one optional topic from:

  1. Astrophysics
  2. Medical Physics
  3. Engineering Physics
  4. Turning Points in Physics
  5. Electronics

The A-level is assessed at the end of Year 13 with three examinations:

Paper 1:      2 Hours - 85 marks   (60 marks for long answers and 25 for multiple choice)

The paper is on units 1 to 5

Paper 2:      2 Hours - 85 marks   (60 marks for long answers and 25 for multiple choice)

This paper is on sections 6 to 8

Paper 3:      2 Hours - 80 marks   (A mixture of long and short answers)

This paper is on Practical skills and Data analysis (45 Marks) and the optional unit (35 Marks)

FUTURE PATHWAYS

A pass in physics is essential for many careers including those in science, engineering and the medical field, but don’t forget that physics is a highly regarded A level whatever your future choice of career.  Physics graduates are highly valued for their problem-solving and numeracy.  Some example of other careers open to you include: architecture, economics, merchant banking, oceanography, photography, cartography, science broadcasting or journalism, computer-aided design, quantity surveying, graphic art and technical jobs in media.

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

  • Develop logical analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Competency with mathematical methods
  • Literacy skills/step-by-step logical explanations