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; Particles and radiation; Waves; Mechanics and materials; Electricity; Further mechanics and thermal physics; Fields and their consequences; Nuclear physics. Five optional topics are also included to allow students to focus on their own areas of interest; these include Astrophysics, Medical physics, Turning points in physics, Engineering physics and Electronics.

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.

How is it assessed?

Three two-hour written papers comprised of long and short answered questions, as well as multiple choice. The third paper assesses the student’s understanding of experimental techniques and data analysis

Which skills or qualifications do I need?

Students will require a Grade 6 in GCSE Physics, in addition to a good pass in Mathematics.

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.