You will study many of the recently explored and exciting areas of physics during this course, topics will cover research into sub-atomic particles (quarks, leptons…); explanations about relativity and how the universe was created and is evolving. The course begins by building on many of the topics you will be familiar with at GCSE, and as your physics develops we will introduce new topics.

A Level Core Content

– Practical physics

– Particles and radiation

– Waves

– Mechanics and materials

– Electricity

– Further mechanics and thermal physics

– Fields and their consequences

– Nuclear physics

The course involves a mixture of practical and theoretical physics, interspersed with demonstrations and discussions. The theoretical work is supported by short pieces of practical work which allow you to develop your understanding. As the course progresses you will develop your ability to solve a range of increasingly complex problems and undertake more demanding experiments. These are key skills no matter what your future career intentions are.

what qualifications do i need?

A good GCSE grade in Additional Science or Physics and Mathematics (A*, A or B is recommended or the equivalent number under the new GCSE system)


A level assessment is by written exam. The exams will test students with a range of questions : multiple choice, short answer, long answer, calculations, practical skills and data analysis.

Full details of the course can be found on the AQA website…

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general comments?

The course is both challenging and rewarding, and will enable you to start answering some of the big questions in modern Physics as well as thinking of new questions for yourself.

It is not essential to study A level Mathematics alongside Physics. If you have studied GCSE mathematics (higher paper) and achieved a good grade this is sufficient to meet the maths requirement of the course. If you are unsure please discuss with a Physics teacher who will be happy to show you the maths required for Physics.


Physics is challenging and highly rewarding, providing you with many skills that you will find useful in a range of subjects or in your future career. Many students continue to study physics or related courses like Engineering at the UK’s top universities including Oxford and Cambridge.