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Physics summer work


Moving from GCSE Science to A Level Physics can be quite a leap. You’ll be expected to be able to use all the skills you have developed from your GCSE courses, including algebraic manipulation, number handling, and graph drawing. You will also learn new practical skills, as well as develop confidence in applying what you already know to unfamiliar situations.

The work

This summer work gives you a head start by helping you to:

  • pre-learn some useful knowledge from the first chapters of the course;
  • practise making scientific observations and using common household items to collect and record scientific data; and
  • practise some of the maths skills you will need throughout the course.

The work should take 4-5 hours to complete. 

There are three tasks, all explained in the worksheet under Downloads below:

Task 1: Mathematical practice

Task 2: Collecting and recording data

Take 3: Transition from GCSE to A Level worksheet

Digital resources

Please refer to these digital resources as part of your Summer Work preparation.

Recommended course book

Book title

COLLINS YEAR 1 AND AS AQA A LEVEL PHYSICS | KELLY. Recommended but not compulsory. Class copies are available for use in lessons. Should students wish to have a personal copy, it can be ordered at a discounted price through us during the first term.



Digital version


Book title

OUP AQA PHYSICS: A LEVEL | JIM BREITHAUPT 2ND EDITION No purchase required - the students can access it online through the Kerboodle subscription (included in the course cost).



Digital version

Yes through Kerboodle

Book title

HODDER AQA A LEVEL PHYSICS (YEAR 1 AND YEAR 2) | DAVENPORT, THOMAS AND ENGLAND No purchase required - the students can access it online through the library portal.



Digital version

Yes through library

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