Physics A Level


A level Physics is a popular subject for students on the computing pathway.  The electrical component in the first year is particularly relevant.  It is also appropriate for sports and physical activity specialists looking to better understand the science of forces, power, energy, motion and gravity.

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.


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.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or better in Combined Science or Physics plus at least a Grade 5 in Maths.

Students must select a specialism (Computing, Health Sciences or Sport Science) alongside this course