What Will I Study?

Physics is at the forefront of our everyday lives and is constantly expanding human understanding of the world in which we live. It is a subject which underlies the everyday functioning of the physical world and mastery of the topics and skills allow a deep understanding of the intricate interconnectivity of the Universe.

Students study the following 5 units for Year 1 (for which there are 2 exams if a student wishes to complete the AS-Level Course, each worth 50% of the AS Grade).

Year 1

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

To complete the A Level qualification in year 2 the students will also study the following 3 units and 1 additional unit from the options below which will be jointly agreed between the teachers and the cohort.

Year 2

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics

Optional Units:

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

Throughout the two years of the course, students will be required to complete a number of specified practical assessments and will be assessed on their laboratory skills, as well as examination questions in the year 2 exams based on the practicals students have performed.

There are 3 exams at the end of Year 2 (each worth 34%, 34% and 32% of the A-level qualification respectively)

Entry Requirements

Students should have a Grade 5 in Physics, as well as a Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics.


100% Examination

Where Next?

Physics A level is a highly sought after qualification and is applicable to many Higher Education courses. It is an excellent A Level to have if you are intending to pursue a career in any type of Engineering, Telecommunications, Medical Physics, Research, or Manufacturing, and is widely accepted in apparently unrelated disciplines such as Banking, Finance and Insurance to name but a few.

Department Staff

Mr R Furlong Teacher of Science Contact