Physics Information Guide

Course Introduction

Ideal for students interested in Physics, Maths or Engineering. It is an excellent starting point if considering a career in science or technology and will allow you to understand the scientific principles behind today’s exciting new technologies. The Physics qualification will open doors in a wide range of exciting careers.

Who is this course for?

There is a huge range of careers where an A Level in Physics would be invaluable. Physics is especially helpful for jobs that involve building things and developing new technologies, including: engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, electronic, biomedical, you name it…), astronomy, robotics, renewable energies, computer science, communications, space exploration, science writing, sports and games technology, research and nanotechnology. It will appeal to students who wish to study a course which is demanding but interesting and which requires a reasonable competence in mathematics. Most commonly Physics is paired with Maths, Computing, or Chemistry.


Progression from this qualification can include higher education or a higher level apprenticeship to study any Physics, Technology, or Engineering based discipline.

Course Content

A two year course leading to an A Level with associated UCAS points, studying the following topics:

Year 1
•Imaging and signalling
•Mechanical properties of materials
•Waves and quantum behaviour
•Space, time and motion

Year 2
•Creating models
•Out into space
•Our place in the universe
•Matter: very simple
•Matter: hot or cold
•Charge and field
•Probing deep into matter
•Ionising radiation and risk


This qualification is a unit type of assessment:
Examination Paper 1: 2 hour 15 minutes
Examination Paper 2: 2 hour 15 minutes
Examination Paper 3: 1 hour 30 minutes
Practical Endorsement: 12 practicals throughout the two year course.