If you are interested in asking questions and discovering the underlying rules that govern how the Universe works then Physics is for you. A Level Physics covers diverse topics from the very small (subatomic particles), to the very large (universal force of gravity), as well as everything in between. A desire to discover rules and laws, and apply them to new situations is essential to study Physics.
A strong background in Mathematics, and a desire to study it further is another important prerequisite. Physicists use Mathematics as a tool to solve problems, and it makes up a significant part of the course.
There are three examinations in Year 13, each 2 hours long.
- Paper 1: Year 1 content
- Paper 2: Year 2 (and Year 1) content
- Paper 3: Practical skills, data analysis and Astrophysics
The Practical Endorsement is assessed through the completion of 12 Core Practicals, and is awarded in addition to your A Level grade.
Grades 666 in Separate Sciences
Grades 66 in Combined Science PLUS Grade 6 in Mathematics
- Problem solving
- Analysing data
- Experiment design
- Practical skills
- STEM Careers
- Mechanical - Electrical - Electronic - Civil - Structural
- Computer Science
How does this course link to other subjects?
Physics complements the other Sciences well; Biology and Chemistry, as well as Technology and IT. It is a perfect partner for Mathematics as many skills and concepts are common to both courses.