Many people think of Physics as merely a theoretical subject; however, most physicists are concerned with applying theories to practical situations. Physics is fundamental to explaining the world around us and how its principles influence everyone’s life. The study of Physics encompasses everything from the fragments of atoms to the entire universe (and beyond).

Further opportunities

Progression to University or modern apprenticeship

Physics is a good choice for students considering a career in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Computing, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Environmental Science. Physics will also prepare students for industry careers, such as those within the engineering or electronics sectors.

Other employment opportunities

Many employers are looking for a science A level as an indication of analytical skills, so some Physics students choose careers in, for example, economics; business; the Civil Service; management and marketing.


Physicists seek explanations for natural phenomena. This course will suit you if you want to find out how the world around us works, how
different systems interact and what fundamental underlying principles govern these interactions.

You will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills: developing your practical skills is also a key part of the course and you will complete the practical endorsement as part of your studies.

At A level, lessons will vary from investigating gravity in a laboratory setting to analysing the structure of an atom. You will discover more about the fundamental particles that make
up all matter.

You will have the opportunity to explore Quantum Mechanics and Quarks as well as Radioactivity, Nuclear Energy and Engineering. With your developing knowledge, you will be able to explain engine cycles and fields. You will study a range of topics that build upon your GCSE work, to form a stepping stone to further study in science and engineering. You will develop the thinking, analytical and practical skills required for success at university and in the workplace.

Year 12 topics
Autumn and Spring terms:
- Measurements and their errors
- Particles and radiation
- Waves
- Mechanics and materials
- Electricity

Summer term:
- Completion of practical activities for Year 12
- Preparation in use of Scientific language, concise scientific writing and exam technique

Practical work: Practical work is assessed and carried out throughout the course via twelve required practical activities. These contribute to a pass/fail practical endorsement and do not affect the final letter grade. We have 100% pass rate for the practical endorsement.


A minimum of five subjects at grade 4 (or above) including: Grade 6 in Physics or grade 6,6 in Combined Science, grade 5 (or above) in Mathematics (Higher Paper) and grade 4 (or above) in English Language.

This qualification is linear; students will sit all their public exams at the end of their A level course.

During the course:
- Half termly testing on recent and previous work.
- PPE (Mock) exams at the end of Year 12

Paper 1 (50%)
- Content is from sections 1 to 5 - 70 marks – 1 hour 30 minutes - 40 marks of short and structured questions, 30 multiple choice questions

Paper 2 (50%)
- Content is from sections 1-5 - 70 marks – 1 hour 30 minutes - 20 marks of short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis, 20 marks of short and long answer questions from across the specification, 30 multiple choice questions