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Physics A Level

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Website

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408/spec-at-a-glance

 

Units

Core content

1 Measurements and their errors

2 Particles and radiation

3 Waves

4 Mechanics and materials

5 Electricity

6 Further mechanics and thermal physics

7 Fields and their consequences

8 Nuclear physics

Optional topic

12 Turning points in physics

 

Assessments

Paper 1

What's assessed

Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)

Assessed

written exam: 2 hours

85 marks

34% of A-level

Questions

60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

 

Paper 2

What's assessed

Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8

Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1

Assessed

written exam: 2 hours

85 marks

34% of A-level

Questions

60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

 

Paper 3

What's assessed

Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis

Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13

Assessed

written exam: 2 hours

80 marks

32% of A-level

Questions

45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis.

 35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic.

 

Textbook(s)

https://global.oup.com/education/product/9780198351870/?region=uk

 

Sample papers

Physics A level paper 1

Physics A level paper 2

Physics A level Paper 3A practical skills

Physics A level paper 3B Turning points