Physics

To study Physics is to seek a better understanding of our universe. Physics is a science that is central to many other scientific disciplines and to all types of engineering. Physics A Level is an essential requirement for many career choices and is a preferred subject for many others. It is also seen as a good subject in some non-scientific degrees (e.g. Law)

Other subjects that go well with Physics are: Mathematics, Chemistry, Design and Technology and Biology. However, a wide range of combinations is possible and pupils may choose to take Physics alongside other subjects.


Pupils who do not take A Level Mathematics are expected to have achieved at least a grade 6 at GCSE and to be prepared to develop their mathematical skills. It is also recommended that a pupil has achieved at least a grade 6 in a Combined Science or Physics GCSE course.

A Level Physics has been developed for students who wish to continue to study Physics after GCSE. The course will prepare students to progress into further education, to follow courses in Physics, Engineering, one of the other sciences or related subjects, or to enter employment where a knowledge of Physics would be useful.

Course overview

  • Module 1: Development of Practical Skills
  • Module 2: Foundations of Physics
  • Module 3: Forces and motion
  • Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons
  • Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Module 6: Particles and medical physics

Assessment overview

  • Paper 1: Modelling physics
  • Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
  • 2 hours 15 minutes 37%
  • Paper 2: Exploring physics
  • Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
  • 2 hours 15 minutes 37%
  • Paper 3: Unified physics
  • Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
  • 1 hour 30 minutes 26%
  • Practical endorsement for physics
  • Non-examined series of practicals