Course Information


Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* - C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have both GCSE Science (double or triple) at grade B or above and GCSE English Language, English Literature and Maths at grade B (grade 6) or above.

Description of the subject

Physics provides an understanding of basic physical processes that form the basis of modern science, technology and engineering. It provides opportunities to apply the knowledge of physics to dealing with everyday problems.

The course is taught with the help of practical work designed to support your understanding of the concepts as well as the acquisition of laboratory skills. It also focuses on the idea of problem solving - a skill considered essential by many prospective employers.

    • No re-sits are possible
    • Practical skills and techniques will be assessed throughout the year
    • Study guides and text books will be provided.

What you will do

Over the course of two years, you will gain the skill and understanding to complete 3 exams at the end of the course:

A Level Paper 1 – Advanced Physics I

    • Working as a Physicist
    • Mechanics
    • Electric Circuits
    • Further Mechanics
    • Electric and Magnetic Fields
    • Nuclear and Particle Physics

A Level Paper 2 – Advanced Physics II

    • Working as a Physicist
    • Materials
    • Waves and Particle Nature of Light
    • Thermodynamics
    • Space
    • Nuclear Radiation
    • Gravitational Fields
    • Oscillations


A Level Paper 3 – General and Practical Applications in Biology

    • Questions will be drawn from any of the topics in Paper 1 and Paper 2
    • Synoptic questions that draw from 2 or more of the topics in Paper 1 and Paper 2
    • Questions that assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods used for Science Practical Endorsement

A Level Science Practical Endorsement

    • Write-up of at least 16 practical activities
    • Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC) to be met
    • Minimum standard of practical techniques to be gained by candidates

Future prospects

By studying two or more Science A Levels, you will be opening up access to hundreds of different Science degree courses. Physics is a science, fundamental to the understanding of many other fields. A degree in Science not only prepares you for a range of careers within the science, but also within the world of business and management.

Physics graduate employment may include: Aeronautics, Engineering, Medical/Health Services, Geophysics, Optometry, Tele-communications, Actuarial Science, and Accounting. Mathematics is a must.