At St George’s College, we follow the AQA Physics A Level course.
Physics is a challenging and interesting course that is recognised as a high quality academic subject by employers and colleges. Students who do well have had to demonstrate a high level of commitment to their work throughout the two year course and to the understanding of the topics covered. For this reason you need to gain at least a grade 7 in GCSE / IGCSE Physics or at least a 7-7 grade in Double Award Science. You should also be good at Mathematics - we advise that you should be able to do A-Level, though you do not have to actually be taking it.
In the Lower Sixth you will study Particles & Quantum Phenomena, Waves, Materials, Mechanics, Electricity, Energy and Periodic Motion. In the Upper Sixth, there will be Gravitational Fields, Electric Fields, Magnetic Fields, Thermal Physics, Radioactivity and Turning Points in Physics.
The course is terminally assessed, with three two-hour papers.
Paper 1 examines Lower Sixth Material and contains 85 marks (25 marks multiple choice)
Paper 2 examines both Lower and Upper Sixth Material and contains 85 marks (25 marks multiple choice)
Paper 3 examines practical skills (45 marks) and the optional unit - Turning Points in Physics (35 marks)
There is also a practical endorsement, completed over the course of the two years. This assesses students over a range of practical competencies, and a pass/fail grade is awarded by teachers.
After A Level, Physics is hugely in demand. The mathematical and numerical skills most obviously lend themselves to Engineering and Physics-based university courses, but a huge variety of employers look to hire Physics students - Finance, Medicine, Marketing, and Business Management to name a few.