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  • A-Level Physics

    Physics is the branch of science which is concerned with matter and energy. Studying Physics provides you with an understanding of the fundamental principles of the universe. Covering topics such as particles and radiation to electronics.

    • Course Description

      A Level Physics

      Course code: NALV09

      Delivery method: Paper based pack

      Course duration: 24 Months

      Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

      Award achieved: AQA A Level Physics

      Awarding body: AQA

      The first time this exam can be taken is 2017, if you are looking to take your A-Level sooner please check out our Fast Track A-Levels.

      Physics is the branch of science which is concerned with matter and energy. Studying Physics provides you with an understanding of the fundamental principles of the universe. Covering topics such as particles and radiation to electronics.

      This qualification is a gateway to higher education and is perfect for students planning on studying engineering or sciences.

    • Physics course overview

      During this A Level course in Physics you will cover subjects like mechanics, particles, radiation and astrophysics. Due to the scope of topics covered A Level Physics is favoured among universities and employers.

      You will develop and hone your skills in the subject as well as gaining a real enthusiasm for the subject matter. Physics makes an ideal choice for those students with interests in medicine, science and engineering.

      Upon successful completion of the exam and practical assessments (as administered by AQA), you will have achieved an internationally recognised AQA A Level Physics.

      Skills gained

      • Develop mathematical and problem solving skills
      • Understand how Physics is used in a wider context
      • Preparation for further study and or careers related to the subject
      • Understand the impact sciences have on both the economy and society
      • Develop scientific explanations
      • Analyse and interpret data

      Course outline

      This course is divided into 3 units:

      Unit 1: Content from topics 1-5 and 6.1

      Written examination: 2 hours. 34% of A-Level. 85 Marks

      • 60 marks = A mixture of short and long answer questions
      • 25 marks = Multiple choice questions

      Unit 2: Content from topics 1 to 6.1, 6.2, 7 and 8

      Written examination: 2 hours. 34% of A Level. 85 Marks

      • 60 marks = A mixture of short and long answer questions
      • 25 marks = Multiple choice questions

      Unit 3:  Section A: Practical skills and data analysis & Section B: Students enter for one of topics 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13

      Written examination: 2 hours. 32% of A Level. 80 Marks

      • 45 marks = A mixture of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis
      • 35 marks = A mixture of long and short answer questions on chosen optional topic

      Practical Assessment

      Your A-Level grade will be based on written examinations. However, to pass you must undergo an assessment of practical skills. These are:

      1. Investigation into the variation of the frequency of stationary waves on a string with length, tension and mass per unit length of the string
      2. Investigation of interference effects to include the Young’s slit experiment and interference by a diffraction grating
      3. Determination of by a free-fall method
      4. Determination of the Young modulus by a simple method
      5. Determination of resistivity of a wire using a micrometer, ammeter and voltmeter
      6. Investigation of the emf and internal resistance of electric cells and batteries by measuring the variation of the terminal pd of the cell with current in it
      7. Investigation into simple harmonic motion using a mass-spring system and a simple pendulum
      8. Investigation of Boyle’s (constant temperature) law and Charles’s (constant pressure) law for a gas
      9. Investigation of the charge and discharge of capacitors. Analysis techniques should include log-linear plotting leading to a determination of the time constant
      10. Investigate how the force on a wire varies with flux density, current and length of wire using a top pan balance
      11. Investigate, using a search coil and oscilloscope, the effect on magnetic flux linkage of varying the angle between a search coil and magnetic field direction
      12. Investigation of the inverse-square law for gamma radiation

      Course content

      Structured in thirteen topics across three exams AQA A-Level Physics contains both compulsory and optional content.

      If the content is listed as optional you have a choice of questions relating to these topics when you sit your exam. Your tutor may advise on what topics you should focus on when studying.

      Compulsory Content:

      Topic 1: Measurements and their errors
      Topic 2: Particles and radiation
      Topic 3: Waves
      Topic 4: Mechanics and materials
      Topic 5: Electricity
      Topic 6: Further mechanics and thermal physics
      Topic 7: Fields and their consequences
      Topic 8: Nuclear physics

      Optional Content

      Topic 9: Astrophysics
      Topic 10: Medical physics
      Topic 11: Engineering physics
      Topic 12: Turing points in physics
      Topic 13: Electronics


      The AQA A Level Physics qualification is gained once all 3 exam papers and 12 practical assessments are successfully completed. These exams are administered by the AQA and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments.

      The practicals are not marked, but you will need to be observed by an examination centre to demonstrate competence in the different techniques. The practicals are usually held in Spring of each year, while the written exams are in May/June.

      In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

      Method of study

      Paper based pack

      This course is currently only available in paper-based format.

      We will send a study pack to you by courier, including your course materials and a study guide to help you through the student process.

      Your study guide is crammed full of tips and information to help you get the most out of the learning experience, student skills, techniques for writing your assessment answers and instructions for submitting your TMAs online for marking by your specialist tutor.

      Your tutor marked assessments are only accepted online, rather than by post.

      Tutor support

      Our A-Level courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months. They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

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      Everyone at Absorb wishes you the best of luck on your studying journey! We know it’s both rewarding and challenging and ultimately what a difference that qualification will make to your career path and life.

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