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Hi everyone, so I'm carrying on AQA A-Level Physics A from AS to A2 next year, however I missed the lessons after the exam we did looking at options for PHYA5? Could anyone give me a quick overview of each option, possibly telling me the easiest?
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Most people subscribe to the idea that medical physics is the easiest, as students tend to be less confused by the concepts presented than in the other options.

You can find a description of each module in the specification, available here.
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Most people subscribe to the idea that medical physics is the easiest, as students tend to be less confused by the concepts presented than in the other options.

You can find a description of each module in the specification, available here.
That cannot possibly be true. The grade boundaries for medical physics exams have basically always been the lowest out of all of the options and there are some difficult concepts to get out of medical physics such as how the MRI or CT scanners work.

I did medical physics and I found it thoroughly interesting (Helps I want to go into medicine too) so if you are interested in how medical imaging works or want to know a little more about some human physics, do it.

Friends of mine said applied was good if you wanted to do engineering and there isn't too much information to learn, just more equations to rearrange! However applied usually does have the highest grade boundaries year on year...

Anyway, good luck choosing!
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Thank you both so much, you've really helped me
I must admit they all look appealing, none I would dislike doing, so yeah thanks guys
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Thank you both so much, you've really helped me
I must admit they all look appealing, none I would dislike doing, so yeah thanks guys
I'm pretty sure astro has the lowest grade boundaries. We did astro and found it to be the easiest part of the course, though obviously we didn't do the other option topics for comparison!

I actually wanted to do medical physics (as apparently if you do biology this is an easy option) but we were outvoted, though in hindsight astro was probably still easier than medical would have been. The calculations in astro are very easy and the worded questions formulaic.

The heat engines bit of applied physics looks hard but the rotational dynamics part looks very easy.
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I'm pretty sure astro has the lowest grade boundaries. We did astro and found it to be the easiest part of the course, though obviously we didn't do the other option topics for comparison!

I actually wanted to do medical physics (as apparently if you do biology this is an easy option) but we were outvoted, though in hindsight astro was probably still easier than medical would have been. The calculations in astro are very easy and the worded questions formulaic.

The heat engines bit of applied physics looks hard but the rotational dynamics part looks very easy.
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Having looked at the grade boundaries you make a lot of sense, however I also do AS Biology and didn't think they were linked (Biology to Medical Physics) but now it seems obvious. So thank you very much I wouldn't have looked at it that way, much appreciated
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Having looked at the grade boundaries you make a lot of sense, however I also do AS Biology and didn't think they were linked (Biology to Medical Physics) but now it seems obvious. So thank you very much I wouldn't have looked at it that way, much appreciated
There's not very much overlap between AS biology and the medical physics but some of the stuff in A2 biology (e.g. the eye/receptors, nervous system) is in the medical physics.
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