A Level Physics



Course Summary

Physics is the science of how matter interacts, and it spans the whole range from the very smallest particles right up to the universe itself. As a physical science there is an emphasis on predicting behaviour and testing through observation and measurement.

Studying A Level Physics gives students an insight into how the entire universe works & the nature of existence. It provides highly sought-after skills, in demand and in shortage. When the average graduate job has 52 applicants, physics provides a rare advantage and head turning qualification that puts them at an advantage over others.

 Topics studied as part of the course include:

 1. Measurements and errors

2. Particles and radiation

3. Waves

4. Mechanics and materials

5. Electricity

6. Further mechanics and thermal physics

7. Fields and their consequences

8. Nuclear physics

9. Engineering physics


Armed forces and defence solutions, Astronomy, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Meteorology and climate change, Nanotechnology, Oil and gas, Renewable energy, Scientific research, Space exploration industries, Telecommunications, Reference material, Careers outside science, Further study


3 x two-hour written exams, each worth 33.3% of total A Level

 There are also practical skill assessments throughout the course.

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

Minimum Required GCSE Grade - Subject specific

  • Physics: 6 / Combined Science: 6-6
  • Mathematics: 6
  • English Language: 5