an introduction to a-level physics

What does it involve?

Studying Physics at A-level is fascinating as it continues a student’s learning journey in exploring everything from the smallest of particles to the largest of the stars. It further answers some of the questions introduced at GCSE.

The following topics are studied: Measurements and their errors; Forces and motion; Electrons, waves and photons; Newtonian world and astrophysics and Particles and medical physics. Embedded throughout the course is the practical endorsement which provides students with the opportunity to develop their practical skills and involves analysing and evaluating methodologies and data and designing investigations

Physicists tend to have naturally enquiring minds and the scope of the A-level curriculum is designed to channel this. It is a challenging but rewarding course programme that better helps students to understand how the universe behaves through a general analysis of nature.

Studying Physics at A-level requires determination and application, but the reward is significant as students develop an in-depth knowledge about how things work in addition to analytical and problem-solving skills.

How is it assessed?

There are two-hours and fifteen-minute written papers comprised of long and short answered questions, as well as multiple choice assessing different areas of the course. The third paper is one hour and thirty minutes and assess the entire course through longer, in depth questions

Which skills or qualifications do I need?

Students will require a Grade 6 in GCSE Physics, in addition to a good pass in Mathematics. It is recommended that students take A-level Mathematics alongside Physics to compliment the course.

University or employment prospects?

Physics is a subject that provides a superb platform on which to build a higher education. Subjects that may typically be followed at university include Engineering, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Architecture, Economics and Mathematics. Career options are excellent as it is a subject that is in high demand from employers.