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Qualification – A Level

Exam Board – AQA

Why choose physics?

Studying A Level physics will allow you to explore the phenomenon of the universe and look at the theories we use to explain the world around us. If you have ever wondered why the world is the way it is? A Level physics will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to help discover the answer for yourself. Studying physics is more than learning formulas and facts, it will help you to train your brain to look at everyday things in a different way and come up with ingenious solutions for real word problems. Physics is an essential qualification for a large number of careers, as well as a lot of university courses. Students studying physics often go onto studying: Natural Sciences, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Computing, Electronics, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Geology, Medical Science, Medicine, Meteorology, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Sports Science and  Veterinary Science.



A level Physics combines a mixture of very conceptual thinking with practical applications. You will study a range of topics throughout the two-year course, this include:

  1. Measurements and errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  7. Fields and their consequences
  8. Nuclear Physics
  9. Turning points in physics



Three written exams are completed at the end of Year 13.

Paper 1 – Topics 1 – 5 ( & part of topic 6)

  • Written exam
  • 2 hours
  • 85 marks
  • 34% of A-level

Paper 2 - Topics 6 – 8

  • Written exam
  • 2 hours
  • 85 marks
  • 34% of A-level


Paper 3 - Section A: Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis. Section B: Topic 9.

  • Written exam
  • 2 hours
  • 80 marks
  • 32% of A-level


Students are also assessed for a practical endorsement by completing 12 required practical investigations during the course. This practical endorsement is awarded separately to the A level qualification.



A minimum of five grades at 4 - 9 in GCSE, Including English and Maths. In addition a minimum grade of a 6 in GCSE Science.