Physics A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code Phys
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


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.


Year 1:
  • Measuring the physical world, and understand their limitations. Many of these skills will be enhanced by the completion of twelve core practicals.
  • Particles and Radiation: This topic delves deeper inside the atom and looks at the fundamental particles that make up all matter and antimatter, and the relationship between mass and energy.
  • Waves: Extending your knowledge of waves, you will look at the laws that govern wave behaviour, as well as the Physics of musical instruments.
  • Mechanics and Materials: This builds on the ideas of forces and their effects and how to analyse moving objects.
  • Electricity: Understanding the nature of electric current and how components can be used in a variety of circuit applications
Year 2:
  • Further mechanics: Developing ideas of analysing the motion of objects that spin and oscillate.
  • Thermal Physics and Gases: The concepts of heat transfer and the behaviour of gases.
  • Fields and their consequences: You will gain an understanding of gravitational, electric and magnetic fields as well as learning how capacitors work.
  • Nuclear Physics: Understanding how nuclear radiation originates, and how nuclear energy can be harnessed.
  • Astrophysics: This topic covers the design and construction of telescopes, the objects that make up our Universe and the techniques used in determining vast distances between celestial objects.

How will it be delivered?

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.

Entry requirements

Grades 666 in Separate Sciences


Grades 66 in Combined Science PLUS Grade 6 in Mathematics

Your next steps...

Skills Developed

  • Problem solving
  • Analysing data
  • Experiment design
  • Practical skills
  • Mathematical applications 

Potential Career

  • STEM Careers
  • Research
  • Engineering - Mechanical - Electrical - Electronic - Civil - Structural 
  • Aerospace
  • Astronomy
  • Robotics
  • Computer Science
  • Communications
  • Nanotechnology
  • Military

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.