A Level Physics

Physics lesson

What is the course about?

The course covers all the key concepts of Physics. As learners progress through the course they will build on their knowledge of the laws of Physics, applying their understanding to solve problems on topics ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe.

The course aims to:

  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • develop interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the Sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society (as exemplified in ‘How Science Works’).

Assessment is by 3 terminal exams.

The Practical Endorsement accompanies the A level qualification. It requires a minimum of 12 practical activities to be completed over the 2 year course. It will appear on all students’ certificates as a separately reported result, alongside the overall grade for the qualification.

Who might the course suit?

If you have an enquiring mind, always asking why things happen, then Physics will help you find the answers. It forms the basis of most modern technologies and holds the key to the future for global well-being.

What might the course lead to?

Physics is at the heart of everything and is a highly rewarding discipline to study at School, University and beyond. Above all Physics opens doors to a wide variety of careers. Employers see a Physics qualification as an indication of someone who will immediately be an asset to the organisation.