Physics

At St George’s College, we follow the Physics Specification A course of the AQA examination board.

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 coursework and to the understanding of the topics covered. For this reason you need to gain at least a grade A in GCSE / IGCSE Physics or at least AA grades in Double Award Science. You should also be good at Mathematics and preferably be studying this subject to at least AS level.

In the Lower Sixth we follow the AS course which consists of three modules:

Christmas term: Unit 1: PHYA1

(40% AS mark, 20% A-level mark)

– Particles, quantum phenomena and electricity

Spring & Summer terms: Unit 2: PHYA2

(40% AS mark, 20% A-level mark)

– Mechanics, materials and waves

The third module, Unit 3, (20% AS mark, 10% A level mark) is made up of laboratory based coursework which is assessed towards the end of the Spring term.

The A-level course (Upper Sixth):

Christmas term: PHYA4 (20% A-level mark)

– Fields and further mechanics

Spring term: PHYA5 (20% A-level mark)

– Nuclear and thermal physics PLUS an optional topic;

one of: Astrophysics; Medical Physics; Applied Physics or Turning Points in Physics

A sixth module, Unit 6, (10% A-level mark) is made up of laboratory based coursework which is assessed towards the end of the spring term.

After A-level:

Physics at A-level is expected for Engineering and for other Physical Science courses. Physicists are found in a wide range of industries, such as Finance, Medicine, Marketing, Business Management and Agriculture.

All Sciences subjects