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Unit 1: Mechanics

  • Motion
  • Forces in action
  • Work and energy

Unit 2: Electrons, Waves and Photons

  • Electric current
  • Resistance
  • DC circuits
  • Waves
  • Quantum physics

Unit 3: Practical Skills in Physics 1

Unit 4: Newtonian World

  • Newton’s laws and momentum
  • Circular motion and oscillations
  • Thermal physics

Unit 5: Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics

  • Electric and magnetic fields
  • Capacitors and exponential decay
  • Nuclear physics
  • Medical imaging
  • Modelling the universe

Unit 6: Practical Skills in Physics 2


Please see page 26 for general entry requirements.

In addition, you will need a grade B or above in GCSE Physics (triple award) or grades B, B from Dual Award Science.


There are four written papers and also internal assessments of practical skills. Internal assessments are based on completing awarding body set tasks. Each task is marked by the teacher using specific, awarding body marking schemes.


A Level Physics is an important qualification for many careers choices and the course fosters creative thinking and problem-solving skills that are transferable to many future career paths.

The subject is ideal for students who want to go on to study physics or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science. Progression (after A2) is possible to most physics, astrophysics, electronics or engineering higher education courses or any higher qualification requiring a basic understanding of physics.

Physics can help you progress into a wide range of areas, for example applied physics, astrophysics, geophysics, material technology, forensic science, engineering, meteorology and medical physics. You can also progress into complementary career areas, such as medicine, mathematics, computing, finance, law, accountancy and many more.