Why study A Level Physics?

It is no exaggeration to say that Physics is the study of everything in the physical world, from the

smallest sub-atomic particle to the largest objects in the Universe. If that seems like an exciting

prospect and if you enjoy knowledge for its own sake, Physics is definitely for you. We live in an increasingly technological world and Physics is right at the heart of it. Perhaps you are hoping to push forward the boundaries of technology in your future career, or maybe you just want to find out how things work. In either case, Physics is a great choice.

How will I be assessed?

There will be regular assessments of various kinds throughout the course, including formal examinations at the end of Year 12. The official AQA examinations will take place at the end of Year 13 and will cover all the topics studied in Year 12 and Year 13. There is no separate practical test in A Level Physics, but the examinations will include questions about experimental work. You will also be required to achieve a pass in at least twelve key practical activities throughout the course in order to receive the practical endorsement on your Certificate.


  • GCSE Grade 6 or above in either Combined Science or Physics plus a Grade 6 in one other science subject.
  • GCSE Grade 6 or above in Mathematics if you are studying Mathematics at A Level.
  • GCSE Grade 7 or above in Mathematics if you are not studying Mathematics at A Level.

What skills will I gain from studying Physics?

  • Problem Solving
  • Communication Skills
  • Practical Skills
  • Mathematical Skills

What else do I need?

You will need to purchase an A4 hard backed lined Laboratory Book (not spiral bound). These are available from the Physics Department.

Where can Physics lead?

To name but a few possible career paths:

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Astronomy
  • Finance
  • Teaching

The A Level Physics course will equip you for further study or work in a huge range of science and technology fields. It will also make you a better informed citizen in our 21st century society. It is therefore a useful qualification for future lawyers, doctors, architects, journalist and politicians, as well as the more obvious roles listed above.

Additional Comment

As an A Level subject, Physics is as enjoyable as it is challenging. Be prepared to engage your brain, work hard and wrestle with some tricky problems. In return, the rewards for success in A Level Physics are enormous. Physics will open doors for you; its reputation as a demanding course means that employers and educators in all fields will be greatly impressed by an A Level Physics grade on your CV.

What will I study?

Year 12:
  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and Radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and Materials
  5. Electricity
Year 13:
  1. Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
  2.  Fields and their consequences
  3. Nuclear Physics

An optional topic e.g. Turning Points in Physics

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