A Level Physics
Examination Board: AQA
Physicists have imaginative yet logical minds and face problem solving tasks involving the application of physical principles and mathematical calculations, as well as meeting concepts which challenge our assumptions about the physical world. Physics is not a fixed body of knowledge to be learned, but a challenging collection of theories and practices with vital implications for our technological future. It will help provide solutions to the problems of managing our planet's resources.
At Guiseley School we will follow the AQA syllabus as outlined below. This syllabus will extend and broaden the concepts covered in GCSE Physics and involve a 40% mathematical content.
The approach to studying Physics at A level includes teacher led activities, independent study and research by students (using textbooks and the internet), problem solving and practical investigation which includes data acquisition and processing using ICT.
- Measurements and their Errors
- Particles and Radiation
- Mechanics and Materials
- Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
- Fields and their Consequences
- Nuclear Physics
- Options from: Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics, Turning Points in Physics.
A level physics grades will only be made up of the exam results students gain at the end of their course. There will be 3 exams, each of 2 hours duration. There will be no coursework content but 15% of marks for A level exams will be based on the understanding and interpretation of practical work. Students will be awarded a separate ‘Practical Endorsement’ which will be assessed by teachers, over a minimum of 6 further practical sessions in each year.
Physics is an essential subject for anyone contemplating a career in technology and many different branches of engineering from civil to aerospace and is a valuable supporting subject for numerous other science based courses. Career choices can be as diverse as food science, textile management, astrophysics, environmental studies, electronics, land surveying and media operators. There are also many opportunities in non-Physics bases careers such as economics, banking and financial services.