Physics A-Level

Why study physics?

Physics is about trying to make sense of the world around us and understanding the behaviour of the universe, from the smallest particles to the largest galaxies. The fundamental forces of nature that govern how everything around you works are fascinating and complex, and by studying them in detail you can begin to see their true beauty and magnificence.

What will I be learning about?

You will complete modules on a range of topics including the weird and wonderful world of quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, waves, the fascinating nature of electricity, light, magnetism, radioactivity and cosmology.

Where will this lead?

Physics is highly regarded by universities and employers because it shows that you have a logical mind and can solve problems creatively and with intelligence. An A-Level in physics is suitable for anybody interested in further physics research, engineering, construction, aeronautics or astrophysics. Due to the amount of maths encountered during the course, it is also suitable for anybody interested in finance, accountancy or economics.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of Year 13 you will have three examinations, which together are worth 100% of your A-Level. Practical based questions will form 15% of this assessment. The examination board is AQA.   

What are the entry requirements?

Eight grade 9-4 at GCSE level including minimum level 5 in English level 6 in mathematics. You must also achieve level 7 minimum in the GCSE physics exam or a level 7 minimum in the GCSE triology exam.