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Examination Board


Entry Criteria

1) Either Grade 6 in Physics or Grade 6-6 in Combined Science.
2) Grade 6 in Mathematics.


Paper 1 Section 1-5 and 6.1 (Periodic Motion).

  • written exam 2 hours
  • 85 marks
  • 34% of A level

Paper 2 Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8.

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 85 marks
  • 34% of A-level

Paper 3 Section A: Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis Section B:

Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13.

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks
  • 32% of A-level

Why you should study Physics

By studying AS/A Level Physics you will develop an understanding of core physics, the basis of much of everyday life. This will be applied to a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts to test your understanding and versatility as a physicist. You will develop transferable practical and analytical skills during the practical side of the course.

Course Content

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  7. Fields and their consequences
  8. Nuclear physics


  1. Astrophysics
  2. Medical physics
  3. Engineering physics
  4. Turning points in physics
  5. Electronics

Skills Developed, Progression and Possible Future Careers

With GCE A Level in Physics, the following career opportunities are possible: Mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, civil engineer, aeronautical engineer, nuclear physicist, accountant, actuary, research physicists, electrician, lawyer, medical physicist, business manager, teacher and architect.