All of the Material covered in the AS course is required for the A level course.
A Level extra content
- Circular motion and simple harmonic motion
- Gravitational fields, electric fields, capacitors, magnetic fields & electromagnetic induction
- Nuclear instability, radioactivity and nuclear energy
- Thermal properties of materials, ideal gases and the kinetic theory of gases
Option Units Topic list
Pupils will choose a topic from the following section which will provide them with opportunities to develop deeper knowledge and understanding in one chosen area of the subject:
- Astrophysics: lenses and telescopes, non-optical telescopes, classification of stars, cosmology
- Medical Physics: physics of the eye, physics of the ear, biological measurements, non-ionising imaging, X-ray imaging
- Applied Physics: rotational dynamics, thermodynamics, engines
- Turning points in physics: the discovery of the electron, wave-particle duality, special relativity.
We aim to offer all the 4 topics above but cannot guarantee this.
Teaching takes place in the modernised laboratories. Classes usually consist of 16-18 students.
Lessons may include problem solving, demonstrations, group and class discussions, computer simulations, individual and group practicals, data analysis, comprehension passages, and videos. Students may be asked to give their own presentations on selected topics.
During practical lessons, students are trained to use advanced measuring instruments and data-capture devices. They will also learn to recognise and treat experimental errors, analyse experimental data, and discuss the reliability of their results.
Students would be expected to have 7,8 or 9 grade in Physics and one other Science subject (students from outside Latymer could have Science and Additional Science, both at A or A*), AND in Mathematics.
Paper 1 Written Paper 2 hours Weighting: 34% of total A2 Level marks This paper examines all of the AS material, but at a higher level This paper is comprised of two sections: Section A will comprise of 25 multiple choice questions and Section B will short and long answer questions. All questions are compulsory. The paper will have 85 raw marks.
Paper 2 Written Paper 2 hours Weighting: 34% of total A2 Level marks This paper examines all of the A Level material, and will assume knowledge of the AS material This paper is comprised of two sections: Section A will comprise of 25 multiple choice questions and Section B will short and long answer questions. All questions are compulsory. The paper will have 85 raw marks.
Paper 3 This is examined in two parts: Written Paper: 2 hours Weighting: 32% of total A Level marks Section A is comprised of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis. All questions will be compulsory. There will be 45 raw marks. Section B Each option topic will have a question paper comprised of short and long answer questions All questions will be compulsory. There will be 35 raw marks.
There is no formal practical assessment but there are a number of Required Practicals, which if completed to the required standard will result in the pupil gaining the ‘Practical Endorsement’ for this A Level qualification.
Courses or careers for which A-level Physics is required or advised include Chemistry, Dentistry, Engineering (Aeronautical, Chemical Civil, Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical), Medicine, Medical Physics, Materials Science, Physics and Astrophysics. It is also useful in subjects allied to Mathematics and Computing. The Institute of Physics, to which the Physics Department is affiliated, is most helpful with advice on careers as well as on other topics.