Physics A Level

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Getting Ahead

Physics A Level at Alton Campus

Moving from GCSE Science to A Level can be a daunting leap. You’ll be expected to remember a lot more facts, equations and definitions, and you will need to learn new maths skills and develop confidence in applying what you already know to unfamiliar situations.

This ‘Getting Ahead’ work aims to give you a head start by helping you:

  • To pre-learn some useful knowledge from the first chapters of your A Level course
  • To understand and practice some of the maths skills you’ll need.
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We have put together this worksheet to help you with your transition from GCSE to A Level.

After completing the worksheet you should be able to:

  • Define practical science key terms
  • Recall the answers to the retrieval questions
  • Perform maths skills including:
    • Unit conversions
    • Uncertainties
    • Using standard form and significant figures
    • Resolving vectors
    • Rearranging equations
    • Equations of work, power and efficiency


*This is a representation of your learning space and may not be the exact room you will be using


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