AS & A Level Physics

Entry Requirements

B+ Grades in Physics plus another science (or in core and additional science) plus B+ grade in maths.

Students should be aware that Physics is an academically demanding subject and a willingness to work hard is essential.

How will I be assessed?

At AS level, there are two written papers, Paper 1 and 2, covering the AS course content as well as practical techniques.  These exams will be taken at the end of Year 12.
At A level, there are three written papers, Paper 1, 2 and 3, that are taken at the end of the two year course in Year 13.

What will I study?

AS Units

A Level Units

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • An optional unit Eg. Turning points in physics


AS Level Physics

Two exams taken will be taken at the end of Year 12, Paper 1 & 2.  Both will assess content from the AS units studied in Year 12.
Each Paper is 1.5 hours long, each 50% of the AS level.   There will also be questions linked to relevant practical skills developed during the year.

A Level

Three exams will be taken, Paper 1, 2 and 3, at the end of the two year course.


Course Content Examined

Details of Exam

Paper 1

Assesses content of the five AS level topics listed above, periodic motion and relevant practical skills

1.5 hour exam (34% of final mark)

Paper 2

Assesses content from the extra units studied in the second year and relevant practical skills

2 hour exam (34% of final mark)

Paper 3

Assesses any content of the eight topics listed so far, data analysis & any relevant practical skills.

2 hour exam (32% of the final mark)

What skills will I gain from this course?

  • Mathematical skills
  • Gathering and analysing data
  • Evaluative skills
  • Practical skills
  • Team building skills

Specimen papers and course information