A Level Physics

Entry Requirements

Students must have a grade 6 or above in Mathematics and have also achieved at least grade 6 or above in Physics and a grade 5 in a second science, or a grade 5-6 in Combined Science.

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

A- level Physics Person Specification

  • Have an interest in and enjoy Physics
  • Want to find out about how things work in the physical world
  • Enjoy applying their mind to solving problems
  • Enjoy carrying out investigations by the application of imaginative and logical thinking.
  • Have a strong mathematical ability and enjoy applying this to solve problems

How will I be assessed?

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?

Year 1

Year 2

  • 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


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 Year 1 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