The course is linear, meaning that all A-level students will sit their exams at the end of Year 13.
Paper 1 - Measurements and their errors, Particles and radiation, Waves, Mechanics and materials, Electricity, Periodic motion.
Paper 2 - Thermal physics, Fields and their consequences, Nuclear physics.
Paper 3 - Section A, compulsory: Practical skills and data analysis.
- Section B, students enter for one of the following options: Astrophysics, Medical physics, Engineering physics, Turning points in physics, Electronics.
The practical skills assessment involves performing a series of twelve experiments in class time which are assessed.
Your grade is determined by how well you do on the theory papers. Your result in the twelve practical assessments is noted as an endorsement alongside your A-level grade.
Paper 1 - 34% of A-level, Paper 2 - 34% of A-level, Paper 3 - 32% of A-level.
Grade 6 in Combined Science or Single Physics GCSE.
University/Career Progression: Physics is a highly respected A-level. A good grade in A-level Physics demonstrates to an employer that you have analytical and mathematical skills that you can apply to real-life situations. There are many possible career paths that it will create for you, for example, Engineering, Medicine, Forensic Science, Astronomy, Cosmology, Electronics, Power generation, Finance and many more.