Physics

AQA GCSE

Subject Code 8463

In Years 9, 10 & 11 pupils study topics from the AQA GCSE Physics course which is examined at the end of Year 11.  AQA Physics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of physics. Successful candidates gain lifelong skills, including:

  • Confidence in a technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters
  • An understanding of how scientific theories and methods have developed, and continue to develop, as a result of groups and individuals working together
  • An understanding that the study and practice of science are affected and limited by social, economic, technological, ethical and cultural factors
  • An awareness that the application of science in everyday life may be both helpful and harmful to the individual, the community and the environment
  • Knowledge that science overcomes national boundaries and that the language of science, used correctly and thoroughly, is universal
  • An understanding of the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and its application in other subjects and in everyday life
  • A concern for accuracy and precision
  • An understanding of the importance of safe practice
  • Improved awareness of the importance of objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness
  • An interest in, and care for, the environment
  • An excellent foundation for advanced study in pure sciences, in applied science or in science-dependent vocational courses.

Physics lessons make use of ICT facilities, practical work, demonstrations and discussion. The content and style of delivery forms a firm foundation from which to study the subject at A level. Physics is a useful option for students wishing to pursue careers in physics, engineering, medicine and environmental science.

A-Level Course (AQA 7407)

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

Moving on to:

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics

Options (most students must study Turning Points. Highest achievers may select another option for self study)

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics
  • Electronics
In order to be awarded a Pass a Learner must, by the end of the practical science assessment, consistently and routinely meet the criteria in respect of each competency listed in the specification. A Learner may demonstrate the competencies in any practical activity undertaken as part of that assessment throughout the course of study.

Beyond A-level

Physics graduates are employed in a wide range of industries, e.g. engineering, medical areas such as optics and medical physics, in meteorology, computing, materials development, the aerospace industry, telecommunications, energy industries, environmental protection, geophysics, alternative energy such as solar and wind power, noise control and transport engineering.

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