Examination Board AQA
A-level Physics is a stepping stone to further your study of a science-based subject at university. It is an extremely versatile qualification and is essential for electronics, engineering and pure sciences and very useful for auxiliary science-based subjects, such as medicine. The intellectual training that one gets studying Physics, such as the use of applied mathematics and logical reasoning, as well as the scientific approach to problem-solving, can be considered useful for any profession. We follow the AQA GCE Physics specification A.
All A-levels are substantially harder than GCSEs, mainly because the emphasis shifts from rote learning to independent learning and reasoning.
The AS level Unit 5 contains a list of options from which the group can choose to study one of the following:
Particle Physics, Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Applied Physics and Turning Points in Physics.
This subject is an essential A-level choice for students who have already made up their minds to study Physics or Engineering at university; it is also useful for students who are considering a degree in any of the Sciences or Social Sciences and students who wish to broaden their education in preparation for university life and the world beyond. The minimum requirements are:
Core and Additional Science – at least two A grades.
Separate GCSE Physics – at least an A grade.
Mathematics – to be studied at least to AS.