At a glance

Awarding Board: AQA
Entry Requirements: Six GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language and Mathematics
Subject Specific: GCSE Mathematics grade 6, GCSE Physics and one other GCSE Science at grade 6 or GCSE Combined Science grade 6-6


Three 2 hour examinations at the end of Year 13 and the completion of all practical activities is complulsory
Paper 1 (34%)
Paper 2 (34%)
Paper 3 (32%)

Why choose A Level Physics?

Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of.

They probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience.

What will you study?

Year 12:
Measurements and their errors, Particles and Radiation, Waves, Mechanics and Energy and Electricity.

Year 13:
Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics, Fields, Nuclear Physics

Plus one option from the following:
Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics, Turning points in Physics and Electronics.

How will you study?

An A Level Physics class will typically have 10-15 pupils. The structure of lessons will be very similar to GCSE Science lessons. Lessons will begin with retrieval questions, consolidating key concepts and knowledge required for the lesson. This is then followed by teacher led introduction of new concepts, consolidation activities and reflective independent work.

Throughout the course you will carry out compulsory practical activities which will also ensure that if you choose to study a Physics-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.

Where will it take me?

Studying Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including: Geophysicist/field seismologist, Research scientist (physical sciences), Structural engineer, Healthcare scientist, Medical physics, Scientific laboratory technician, Acoustic engineer, Higher education lecturer, Secondary school teacher, Product/process development scientist, Radiation protection practitioner, Meteorologist, Systems developer or Technical author.

You can also move into Engineering, Astrophysics, Chemical Physics, Nanotechnology, Renewable Energy and more, the opportunities are endless.


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