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Entry requirements/ recommendations.

It is highly recommended that you take A-level Mathematics with A-level Physics as the A-level physics course has a significant proportion of assumed math's skills. The minimum requirements for A-level physics are 6-6 in Combined Science or a 6 in GCSE Physics. You are also required to have a minimum of a 6 in Math's although a 7 is preferred due to the nature of the course.


Are A-level’s harder than GCSE? Is the jump from GCSE to A-level substantial?

Whilst there is a significant jump in application and mathematical approaches at A-level the standard knowledge and course content mirrors the GCSE specification.


How many hours of teaching is there for the course?

You will have a total of 10 hours direct teaching over 2 weeks in Physics delivered from 2 Physics specialists. You are then expected to do a minimum of 5 hours independent study on Physics per week.


Do I need to have done triple science?

No, whilst there are some bridging topics which you will cover in Triple Science Physics, these are revisited in Y12 for those who did not complete the triple route.


Which exam board do you use? Do you do AS exams?

We use AQA for our examinations. We do not enter pupils for external AS exams but pupils do sit an internal equivalent.


Physics makes the world go round, literally!

Physics is the basis of how the world works. Without a basic knowledge of Physics how do you expect to build a house? Wire a plug? Fix a leaky tap? Learn how to drive? Play and study sport?

A good grounding in Physics will set you up for any subject that you wish to study or any career that you are thinking of pursuing. Understanding how things work is fundamental to any job and being able to transfer the abstract thinking skills which you will develop in Physics are very desirable in the working world. The ability to think outside of the box as they say!

Exam Board:

AQA (7408)


A-level 3 x 2 hour exams

  • Paper 1: 85 marks – 60 marks of short and long questions and 25 multiple choice questions on sections 1-5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)
  • Paper 2 – 85 marks – 60 marks of short and long questions and 25 multiple choice questions on sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics) 7 and 8. (Assumed knowledge from 1- 6.1)
  • Paper 3 – 80 marks
  • Section A: Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis
  • Section B: Students entered for one of the optional topics 9-13

Course Details:

1. Measurements and errors

  • Use of SI units and their prefixes
  • Limitations of physical measurements
  • Estimation of physical quantities

2. Particles and Radiation

  • Particles
  • Electromagnetic radiation
  • Quantum phenomena

3. Waves

  • Progressive and stationary waves
  • Refraction, diffraction and interference

4. Mechanics and materials

  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Momentum

5. Electricity

  • Current electricity
  • Resistivity

6. Further Mechanics and thermal Physics

  • Periodic motion
  • Thermal physics

7. Fields and their consequences

  • Fields
  • Gravitational fields
  • Electric fields
  • Capacitance
  • Magnetic fields

8. Nuclear Physics

  • Radioactivity

Optional Topics

9. Astrophysics

10. Medical Physics

11. Engineering Physics

12. Turning points in Physics

13. Electronics

Where next with this course?

Physics is a rigorous and well respected qualification which is highly valued by universities it is also a sort after qualification in the UK. With links to many higher education courses such as Mathematics, all areas of Engineering, Medicine, Architecture and Computing to name a few. All the technology that surrounds us is based on the principles of physics, so if you are considering working in any area related to technology from music to medicine, or lasers to law – studying physics is an essential first step. Sixth Form Physics requires a good level of competency with Maths, and we very strongly advise students studying Physics to choose Maths as well.


“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.” Albert Einstein

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known” Carl Sagan


Click on the link below for a copy of the course details.