The course is assessed by 3 examinations. Each examination is 2 hours long. Paper 1 assesses units 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion). Paper 2 assesses units 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8.
Paper 3 is in 2 sections. Section A assesses Practical skills including data analysis, Section B assesses the Astrophysics unit.
The coursework element in A Level Physics has been replaced by a focus on practical skills over a range of core practicals. As well as answering questions in written exams, students’ practical skills will be assessed by teachers as part of the Practical Endorsement at A Level. This is separate to the A Level grade and will be reported as a ‘Pass’ on A Level certificates.
Overall, at least 40% of the marks in assessments for physics will require the use of mathematical skills.
Entry Requirements: As stated in the Admission Policy
Special Requirements: Grade 6-6 or above in combined science or two grade '6' (including Physics and one other science) if taken as triple science.
Studying A Level Maths with Physics is NOT a requirement, but is an advantage, as is taking Physics alongside other Science subjects.
Exam Board: AQA