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AQA A level Physics is a highly regarded qualification that will help you to understand the world around you. It is an extremely interesting subject that will engage and challenge you. This A level course covers everything from quantum mechanics to the interplanetary forces. It is an essential course for all medicine and engineering degrees.

Course Content

Year 12 Course Content (year 1)

The year 12 consists of 4 taught units.

1. Particles and Radiation
2. Waves
3. Mechanics and Materials
4. Electricity


Year 13 Course Content (year 2)

The year 13 course has an additional 4 taught units.

5. Fields and Further Mechanics
6. Fields and their Consequences
7. Nuclear Physics
8. Optional module (e.g. Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Turning Points)


Entry Requirements

–  Additional Science: Grade B minimum (recommended grade A)
–  Mathematics: Grade B minimum (recommended grade A)
–  Useful: Physics GCSE (unit P3)

It is highly recommended that students combine A level Physics and Maths.


For AS qualification:

There are 6 required practicals for the award of AQA’s AS practical endorsement.

For A2 qualification:

There are 12 required practicals (the same 6 as AS and 6 additional practicals) for the award of AQA’s A2 practical endorsement which is recognised by all universities.

Financial Information

You will be required to supply your own stationery products, scientific calculator and any other devices you may need to supplement your studies. You will also be asked periodically to contribute towards the production of a booklet full of past exam questions to aid your revision. This usually costs between £3 to £4 and are published in advance twice a year for the January and May exams. Revision guides and study support books are highly recommended and available at extra cost. There are iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android and Windows apps that are supported by the Physics course and would help you. Some of these are free, some cost up to £5. These are entirely optional.

The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product.

Exam Charging Policy:

–  Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.

–  Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.

–  When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:

    –  the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
    –  non-attendance at an exam without good reason.

BTEC students, who leave the Academy prior to the conclusion of the course, will be charged £50.


Future Opportunities

Physics provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of courses in higher education such as physics, astrophysics, engineering, forensic science, medicine, computing and scientific journalism, in addition to being a highly respected qualification in its own right.

Physics graduates are highly sought after by many sectors of industry and the government has launched initiatives to encourage interest and expertise in this subject. In real terms this means that the earning power of physics graduates is significantly enhanced.

Many students who have completed the A2 Physics course at Ossett Sixth Form College have progressed on to take physics or engineering courses at prestigious universities across the country.

A level Physics is essential for:

–  Medicine
–  Physics
–  Astrophysics
–  Engineering

A level Physics is useful for:

–  All science and maths based courses
–  Practical based engineering
–  Finance related courses and careers

Further Information

AQA A level Physics is a highly regarded and challenging subject that is engaging for anybody interested in science, engineering or medicine. Throughout the course you will develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills. A combination of independent learning and guidance from outstanding staff and lab technicians means that students are fully prepared and given the best chance to fulfil their potential. We offer a wide range of support for students including small class sizes, one-to-one mentoring and drop in sessions after college and on a lunch time. The dedicated teachers will guide you through units such as nuclear physics, particles and radiation and mechanics.