George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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A Level

A Level Physics is the study of how the universe works from the fundamental building blocks to the origin and fate of the universe. You study matter, radiation, forces and mechanics and see how the laws of Physics work to produce the world around us.

Exam board/specification

AQA 7408

Entry requirements

  • At least two Bs grades in P1/P2/P3 exams as well as Bs overall in Core and Additional Science
  • At least a grade B in Maths GCSE
  • You must study Maths A Level

Progression routes from this course

Students who study Physics can go onto to study Physics, Maths, Engineering, Medicine and the course is so highly respected that it helps gain entry into many degree courses.

AS Modules/Units

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

AS Assessment

  • Paper 1: 90 mins (50%)
  • Paper 2: 90 mins (50%)


A2 Modules/Units

  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

    And an option between:
  10. Astrophysics
  11. Medical physics

A2 Assessment

  • Paper 1: units 1–5 and 6.1 (34%)
  • Paper 2: units 6.2, 7 and 8 (34%)
  • Paper 3: practical skills and data analysis and option choice (32%)



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