Physics

Why study Physics?

Physics A level is a challenging and interesting course which is usually studied in combination with Mathematics and the other sciences. Typically, the subject is taken by 30-40 students.

The course includes both traditional Physics, such as mechanics and modern disciplines, such as quantum and particle physics. Students find much to engage their enthusiasm and can extend their interest beyond the curriculum by participating in the Monmouth Science Initiative programme and the Monmouth Astronomical Research Society.

Most candidates go on to study Physics, Mathematics and Engineering at university. A lesser number study Economics and Medicine. Physics is a key subject in a large range of undergraduate courses, providing core numeracy skills and is one of the most highly regarded A level subjects for entry into Russell Group universities. A surprising number of City of London workers are former physicists.

Heads of Department: Mr G Dunn (Girls),  Dr D Jones (Boys).

Course content

Board: AQA   A level Syllabus Code: 7408

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • Astrophysics

Method of assessment

Paper 1 – Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)  

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 85 marks,  34% of A level
  • 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content

Paper 2 – Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8 plus assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1  

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 85 marks,  34% of A level
  • 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content

Paper 3 – Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis and Section B: Astrophysics

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks, 32% of A level
  • 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