Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE to include a minimum of a grade 4 in English Language as well as Maths at grade 5 or above, and Physics or Science (both Core and Additional) at grade B or above.
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

Physics is the explanation of how the universe works, from the fundamental quarks that make up matter to the evolution of the universe itself. It involves experimental investigation, theory and applications related to your everyday life. On the course you will discover the workings of electric circuits, wave theory, quantum physics and mechanics. This includes Einstein’s photoelectric equation, wave particle duality and interference patterns in waves (both sound and light). You will also look at simple harmonic motion, circular motion, medical physics, nuclear physics, modelling the universe and E and B fields.

In both years you will undertake experimental investigations where you will extend your practical skills, essential if you plan to apply to study Physics at university. Throughout the course the theory is put into context and delivered using a wide range of resources to ensure maximum understanding.


What will I learn?

You will study a variety of interesting modules including;

• Forces and motion
• Electrons, waves and photons
• Newtonian mechanics and astrophysics
• Medical physics
• Nuclear and particle physics

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by three external written examinations at the end of year two. Your practical skills will be assessed within your written papers.


You will be offered a range of enrichment activities if you choose to study Physics at A Level, for example a residential trip to Kielder Observatory to learn about our solar system and the universe, and to CERN in Geneva. These trips will require a small financial contribution. We also have two telescopes which we use throughout the year.


Students will benefit from brand new high-tech science laboratories, housing a wide-range of new and innovative apparatus. Within the Physics department we have a 10” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and a Coronado solar telescope.

Materials and other information

Unique Pre-Professional Programme available in STEMx.

Progression and Careers

Former students have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University College London (UCL), King’s College London and The University of Manchester, reading a wide range of degree programmes covering all scientific industries, such as Medicine, Geology with Planetary Science, Physics and Astrophysics, Theoretical Physics, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering and Physics with Astronomy, to name a few.


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