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A-Level Physics

  • Course Type: A Level

What can this course lead to?

Example job roles:

  • Product/process development scientist
  • Civil and Structural Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Teaching
  • Geophysicist/field seismologist
  • Healthcare scientist, medical physics
  • Meteorologist
  • Techical Author

Progress to study degrees in:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Teaching
  • Engineering – Mechanical, Civil
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Business

Who is it for?

Study topics such as the effects of excitation in nuclei, wave particle duality and Einstein’s photoelectric effect, mechanics and waves, gravitational fields including planetary motion and escape velocity, astronomical imaging systems and astrophysics.

What is covered?

You will study the following units:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and energy
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields 
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Astrophysics

Physics, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including: •  investigating interference and diffraction of laser light •  measuring acceleration due to gravity •  investigating systems that oscillate •  investigation of the links between temperature, volume and pressure •  safe use of ionising radiation • investigating magnetic fields. These practicals will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Physics-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Grade 6/B or above in maths and 66/BB in Double Award Science, or a grade 6/B in maths and a grade 6/B in Physics

Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code



2 Years

Full-time courses are fully funded for 16 to 18-year-olds. For age 19+, various funding options are available.

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