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Devonport High School for Girls

Head of Department

Mr C Moore, BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE

A Level Course Outline

To develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of Physics, gain hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills and appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory.

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

A Level Physics enables students to continue with the subject at University, or to study Physics related courses such as Engineering, Astronomy, Computing, Medicine or Architecture. The transferable skills developed are problem solving, logical thinking and the ability to communicate complex ideas.

Course Content

Examination Board


Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA Website

AS and A Level Physics (7407 - 7408)

The AS content is also covered in the A Level content and allows for co-teaching.

AS Level

Unit 1

Measurement and their errors, Particles and Radiation, Waves, Particles, Mechanics and Materials, Electricity (core content) 50%


Unit 2

Assessment as above as a synoptic paper and assessment of practical and data handling skills. 50%

A Level

Unit 1

Measurements and their errors, Particles and Radiation, Waves, Mechanics, Electricity, Periodic Motion 34%


Unit 2

Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics, Fields and their Consequences, Nuclear Physics. 34 % A level to include assumed knowledge from Unit 1 A level


Unit 3

Assessment of Practical skills and data analysis and the optional topic. 32% A level. Optional topics are one of: - Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics, Turning points in Physics, Electronics.