A level Board/code

AQA (AS 7407, A-level 7408)

What do we cover in the course?

Key syllabus elements

Measurements and their errors

Particles and radiation


Mechanics and materials


Further mechanics and thermal physics

Fields and their consequences

Nuclear physics

How is it assessed?

Key assessment elements

3 written papers for A-level.

There are required experiments throughout the course and practical skills and data analysis are examined within the written papers

Key skills required

Mathematics, practical skills, written communication of ideas, analysis of data

What entry requirements are there to study this course?

Grade A or A* at GCSE Physics or equivalent.

Grade B grade or higher at GCSE Mathematics or equivalent. Reasonably good written English

What is the course useful for?

Students wishing to pursue a career in physics, engineering or other scientific disciplines; also useful for careers involving problem solving

Any other information

Practical work is a key part of this course. Each year several students go on to study Engineering or Physics at university. Recently two students obtained places at Imperial College to study Physics.