A-Level Physics

AQA Exam Board

Each unit will have a discrete end of unit test, plus an end of year 12-exam scheme, which will be marked in college by your teacher.  These results will enable you and your teacher to assess where you are and what you need to do to improve throughout the course.  External assessment by the examination board will take place at the end of year 13.  As part of your assessment, your ability to conduct scientific investigations will be examined by your teacher throughout the course.  CPAC lab books are kept as a record of this. 

  • Course Units

    The core unit that will be cover in this course are:

    • Measurements and their errors
    • Particles and radiation
    • Waves
    • Mechanics and materials
    • Electricity
    • Further mechanics and thermal physics (A-Level only)
    • Field and their consequences (A-Level only)
    • Nuclear Physics (A-Level only)

    Optional:

    • Astrophysics (A-Level only)
    • Medical physics (A-Level only)
    • Engineering physics (A-Level only)
    • Turning points in Physics (A-Level only)
    • Electronics (A-Level only)
  • Modules
    Assessment method

    Paper 1 

    What’s assessed 

    Section 1-5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion) 

    Assessed 

    • Written exam: 2 hours 
    • 85 marks 
    • 34% of A-level 

    Questions 

    60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.  

    Paper 2 

    What’s assessed 

    Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8 

    Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1. 

    Assessed 

    • Written exam: 2 hours 
    • 85 marks 
    • 34% of A-level 

    Questions 

    60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.  

    Paper 3 

    What’s assessed 

    Section A: Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis 

    Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13 

    Assessed 

    • Written exam: 2 hours 
    • 80 marks 
    • 32% of A-level 

    Questions 

    45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis. 

    35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic. 

  • Entry Criteria

    Grade 6 in Physics or Double Science at GCSE

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