Physics A-level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


A-level Physics gives you the opportunity to explore the phenomena of the universe and to look at theories that explain what is observed. This subject combines practical skills with theoretical ideas to develop descriptions of the physical universe. You will learn about everything from kinematics to cosmology and many recent developments in fascinating topics, such as particle physics. If you are interested in the limits of space, the beginning of time and everything in between this is the subject for you. Physics is more than a subject – it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries.


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. 

How will it be delivered?

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.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Combined Science or Single Physics GCSE.

Your next steps...

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.