Physics (A Level)


Introduction to course

A Level Physics is the study of how the universe works. You learn about matter, radiation, forces and mechanics and see how the laws of Physics work to produce the world around us. You will look at theories about the origin and fate of the universe and delve into the interactions of subatomic particles.

Exam board/specification

AQA 7408

Entry Requirements

  • Grade 6/6 in Trilogy or Grade 6 in GCSE Physics
  • Grade 6 in GCSE Maths
  • You must study Maths at A-Level


Year 1

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

Year 2

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • Optional topic: Astrophysics

A Level Assessment

  • Paper 1: 2 hours (34% of A Level)
  • Paper 2: 2 hours (34% of A Level)
  • Paper 3: 2 hours (32% of A Level)

Progression Routes

Students who study Physics can go on to study for a degree in Physics, Maths, Engineering or Medicine. An A-level in Physics is so highly respected that it helps gain entry into many other degree courses as well.