A-Level Physics

Did You Know?

The planet Saturn can float on water like ice.

Key Information


Two Year Course

Examination Board


"A-level Physics has allowed me to gain a far greater understanding of everything in the universe around me, from quarks and atoms to planets and stars. Physics also gives you the knowledge needed for many amazing future careers". - Alice Hobson, upper sixth student


A Level

Assessment: 100% exam

What do I need to study this course?

Two GCSE sciences (including physics) at grade 6 or GCSE Combined Science at grade 66. You will also need GCSE Maths at grade 6 or above. Ideally you will also study A-level Mathematics. 

What will I study?

You will come to understand some of the main ideas and methods of physics and learn to apply your knowledge to solve problems. Topics studied in the first year include Particles, Radiation, Waves, Mechanics, Materials, and Electricity, and in the second year Further Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Fields, Nuclear Physics, and Astrophysics. You will also study how to make measurements and evaluate errors, and your skills will be assessed leading to a separate certificate to endorse practical competency.

What next?

Knowledge of physics is an essential requirement for many higher education courses and could lead to careers in engineering, medical physics, industry, meteorology, computing, material science, scientific Civil Service, environmental physics, education, and geophysics.

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