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Co-teaching guide

This resource is to help you understand how to co-teach our new AS and A-level Physics specifications.

A-level Physics
AS Physics A-level Physics

1. Measurements and their errors

2. Particles and radiation

3. Waves

4. Mechanics and materials

5. Electricity

Plus six required practicals

All AS Physics topics (1-5) plus:

6. Further mechanics and thermal Physics

7. Fields and their consequences

8. Nuclear Physics

Options (choose one):

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical Physics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Turning points in Physics
  • Electronics

Plus 12 required practicals:

  • Six from the AS
  • Six from the A-level only

Our approach

We have written the course so that the AS topics are identical to the first half of the A-level. Most schools and colleges will teach topics 1-5 in year 12, and the remaining topics in year 13.

Students at the end of year 12 can :

  • take the AS exam and finish there
  • take the AS exam and continue to the A-level
  • continue through to A-level without taking the AS exam.

The A-level exams cover topics from both years. Some of the questions will be at AS standard, some will be at full A-level standard.

You won’t need to re-teach the same content twice. By the end of the second year, students will naturally have a greater understanding of the topics they covered in the first year. Their mathematical, practical, investigative and communication skills will be better. They will also have a greater understanding of the links between different areas of the subject.

In practice, this means that the questions in the A-level papers on content from topics 1-5 could:

  • make links between content from different topics in the AS (for example, using an idea from mechanics in a question on electricity)
  • ask students to make links between the AS content and the full A-level content (for example, using information about radioactive decay in a question on particle physics)
  • use mathematical skills developed in topics 6-8 (for example, using the idea of exponential changes in a question on waves)
  • remove steps or scaffolding that would normally be associated with an AS question (for example a projectile motion question that doesn’t include a 'show that' step).

Free support

Our comprehensive support package will help you through these changes.

We are producing two schemes of work which will help you to teach in a style that suits your students.

A second set of specimen papers, plus a bank of extra questions will be added to help you see the kind of questions we could ask. These will be on our secure website so they can be used without your students having had access to them as mock exams.

Three publishers are producing text books you can use in the classroom.

Free 'introduction to the new spec' and 'preparing to teach' courses, both face to face and online, that will help you with your planning. .

Many other resources, such as information on progression from GCSE, focus on the changes from our current specifications, and ideas about how to switch to AQA are available on our website.

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