Physics A Level

Brief details:

Physics is a subject that enables students to develop an understanding of the world in which they live; from the vast cosmos and the origins of the universe to the smallest theoretical particle discovered in the LHC particle accelerator. This is achieved through the further study of physics theory, building on GCSE, the application of mathematics to problem-solving and the use of practical and investigative skills to support theory. As a demanding subject, physics requires determination, hard work and a natural interest in how the world works.

Preferred entry requirements:

Grade 5 or above at GCSE science, English and maths is the minimum requirement. Grade 6 in maths is highly recommended as the course is highly mathematical in nature.    

Units studied:

  • Unit 1:    Forces and motion
  • Unit 2:   Electrons, waves and photons
  • Unit 3:   Newtonian world and astrophysics 
  • Unit 4:   Particles and medical physics

 and one option topic from astrophysics, medical physics, engineering physics, turning points in physics or electronics

 Exam Board: OCR

Course assessment details:

This course is assessed entirely through final examinations

Progression and career opportunities:

Students who have studied A-level physics have progressed onto degree courses involving physics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, sound engineering, robotics, electronics, cybernetics, veterinary science, mathematics, optometry and many other science and non-science based courses. Such courses lead to opportunities to work in a range of physics based vocations including teaching, research science, media, computing and medical science.