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Course Type


Exam Board


Assessment Type

Exam based assessment

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade four or above in different subjects including English, grade six in Maths, grade six in Physics and grade five's in the other two sciences. If single sciences are not available at your school, then you will require two grade six's in the GCSE Sciences that you are taking.

Course Overview

The course content covers the full range of physics concepts from mechanics, waves and optics through to electricity and nuclear physics. It is supported by an approved textbook, purpose written notes, simulations and traditional practical work.

The AQA Physics course provides a traditionally focused, distinctive structure within which you learn both about fundamental physical concepts and about physics in everyday and technological settings. Physics is fundamentally an experimental subject, and practical science is at the heart of this course. As well as the compulsory modules, in year 2 the course can be tailored to suit student’s interests with a choice of optional modules.

A primary aim of the course is to show how Physics is practiced and used today. Equally important, however, is to show the usefulness of the subject, and to illustrate the kind of impact which discoveries in Physics have had on the way people live.

Where will it lead?

Careers where A-Level Physics is either useful or essential include: Architecture, Astronomy, Computer Science, Dentistry, Engineering, Geophysics, Medicine, Metallurgy, Ophthalmology, Pharmacy, Physics, Physiotherapy, Radiography and Veterinary Studies.

Glossopdale School & Sixth Form

Glossopdale School, Newshaw Ln, Hadfield, Glossop SK13 2DA