Science and Mathematics

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

What will you be working towards?

Code PH01
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


If you enjoyed the physics units of your GCSE course and want to know more these topics in greater depth and complexity then this may be the course for you.

Skills Acquired
There are a number of skills that are developed such as:

  • Problem solving
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Being able to justify evidence and ideas and debate theories

Students Suited To The Course
There is a large mathematical component to this course, so students that are competent at Mathematics will do well in Physics.

What Other Subjects It Combines Well With
Any of the other science subjects combine well with Physics A Level. Mathematics should also be considered due to the large overlap of skills needed in both subjects.

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The course is split into discrete topic area. Students begin in Year 12 with a study of the laws, theories and models of physics and then students explore the practical applications of this theory in Year 13.

Unit Content
Year 12

  • Topic 1: Working as a Physicist
  • Topic 2: Mechanics
  • Topic 3: Electric Circuits
  • Topic 4: Materials
  • Topic 5: Waves and Particle Nature of Light

Year 13

  • Topic 6: Further Mechanics
  • Topic 7: Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Topic 8: Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Topic 9: Thermodynamics
  • Topic 10: Space
  • Topic 11: Nuclear Radiation
  • Topic 12: Gravitational Fields
  • Topic 13: Oscillations

How will it be delivered?

There are three papers consisting of a range of multiple choice, short answer and longer answer questions:

Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes long (90 marks) with 30% weighting
Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes long (90  marks) with 30% weighting
Paper 3: 2 hours 30 minutes long (120 marks) with 40% weighting. This paper includes synoptic questions that may draw on two or more o the different topics listed.

There is no coursework but there is a practical component to the course. Students are expected to complete specific core practicals with practical-based questions in the exam. There is also a teacher-assessed practical competency. This is reported alongside the A Level grade but does not count towards the grade. 40% of the assessment will also be assessing mathematical skills.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 7 in Physics or grade 7 in the Physics paper for GCSE Combined Science with grade 7 in Mathematics and grade 5 in English Language. Students studying Physics are strongly recommended to take A Level Mathematics.

Your next steps...

Physics is a useful subject for the majority of STEM careers but it is also useful for careers such as industry, transport, government, armed forces, secret service, research labs and much more. Physics is particularly useful in careers that involve construction or new technologies, such as engineering, astronomy, robotics, computer science, communications and nanotechnology.