Physics is a challenging and interesting subject that will help you to understand the world and universe around you. It is also an important qualification for many careers.

If you have an inquisitive mind and want to understand how the world works, the study of physics will provide many of the answers. This course will develop your essential scientific knowledge and understanding, as well as establish sound links between theory and experiment. The ability to work in groups as well as independently is paramount in your development during the course. A level Physics also provides you with the skills to apply physics knowledge to another subject area at university, as it is highly regarded as a test of problem-solving ability and logical thought. The Physics course will effectively cover the ‘rules of the universe’. In Year 12 the topics studied are: materials, waves and the particle nature of light, mechanics and electric circuits. The topics studied in Year 13 will be: further mechanics, gravitational fields, electric and magnetic fields, nuclear and particle physics, nuclear radiation, thermodynamics, oscillations and space.


The skills gained whilst studying A level Physics are the gateway to many courses and occupations. Typical careers include Applied Physics, Astrophysics, Geophysics, Material Technology, Forensic Science, Engineering, Meteorology, Medical Physics and the Space Industry. Physics complements intended careers in Medicine, Mathematics, Computing, Finance, Law, Accountancy and many more areas.


Assessment at the end of Year 13

PaperDetailsTopics Covered
1A 1 hour and 45 minutes 90 mark examination worth up to 30% of the overall assessment content is covered in this paper.Working as a Physicist / Mechanics
Electric circuits / Further mechanics
Electric and magnetic fields / Nuclear and particle physics
2A 1 hour and 45 minutes 90 mark examination worth up to 30% of the overall assessment. The other half of the specification content is covered in this paper.
Working as a Physicist / Materials
Waves and the particle nature of light / Thermodynamics
Space / Gravitational fields / Oscillations
3A 2 hour and 30 minutes 90 mark examination worth up to 40% of the overall assessment. All specification content is covered in this paper.All topics from the whole 2 year course.

Assessment of practical competency

There is a teacher assessment throughout the whole 2 year course of a student’s performance in 16 core practicals.

Competency is reported separately to the final A level grade.


For admission to A Level Art, Design and Craft, our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above.
  • Students wishing to study Science or Maths at A level will need to achieve a grade 7.