Physics is taught at UTC Sheffield City Centre and can be picked in line with UTC City Technical Subject.

Physics underpins Engineering, particularly at degree level.

It includes sections of classical mechanics, forces, materials, electrical and electronic, nuclear and particle, thermodynamics and electromagnetism.

Why study A-Level Physics?

Physics is academically challenging, so it lets you show what you can do and is often used to differentiate between candidates for jobs, apprenticeships and university places.

Studying Physics will develop your problem solving ability. It will enable you to gain access to a wide range of University courses and technical qualifications from engineering to medicine.

You will develop a proper understanding of the world around you, combining analysis, calculations, explanations and how to test your ideas.

Qualification type

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent

Qualification Level

Level 3


The A-level course is a mix of theoretical and practical modules. Modules on practical skills in physics and foundations of physics are included in all exams.

1st Year modules (AS)

The AS course consists of:

  • Forces and Motion, based on forces, energy, power, materials, Newton’s laws, and momentum
  • Electrons, Waves and Photons, including electrical circuits, current electricity, waves and quantum physics
  • 2nd Year Modules

The second year includes all the AS content and:

  • Newtonian Physics and Astrophysics, including thermal, circular motion and oscillations, Gravity and Astrophysics.
  • Particles and Medical Physics with electric fields, capacitors, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle and medical imaging.

How will it be delivered?


Total of 6 hours of examinations (3 x 2 hours) taken at the end of the course

A wide range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions

Opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of both theory and practical skills through the examinations

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or better in Combined Science or Physics plus at least a Grade 6 in Maths.

Students must select a Technical Specialism subject alongside this course.