KS5 Physics

AS and A-Level

Awarding Body

Useful Websites


Subject Staff

Mr G Hudson (Teacher of Physics)

Mr A Pettifer (Teacher of Physics)

Student Comment

“At Physics A level you have to apply what you have learnt a lot more than at GCSE.  You also study some new topics like Particle Physics and Quantum Physics.”
“People are impressed when you say you are studying A level Physics – and there are a lot of different things you can go on to study like Engineering where Physics is needed.”

Course Requirements
5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, which must include:
GCSE Combined Science (Grade 6-6 or above) & Maths (Grade 6 or above)
Physics & Maths (both Grade 6 or above)

Course Description

Link to AQA Information on AS and A Level PhysicsScience Phy KS5 1

The course is studied as a full A level (AQA 7408).

Studying A Level Physics is demanding but students who work hard and follow up their misconceptions and difficulties with staff often exceed beyond their target grades.

Year 12 Content

Topic 1 Measurements and their errors
Topic 2 Particles and Radiation
Topic 3 Waves
Topic 4 Mechanics and Energy
Topic 5 Electricity

Year 13 Content

Topic 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
Topic 7 Fields
Topic 8 Nuclear Physics
Optional Topic Turning Points in Physics


At the end of Year 13, 3 examinations will be undertaken:
Paper 1 – Topics 1-5 and periodic motion 85 marks (34% of A Level)- 60 marks long and short answers, 25 marks multiple choice.
Paper 2 – Topic 6 -8 85 marks (34% of A Level) )- 60 marks long and short answers, 25 marks multiple choice.
Paper 3 – Practical skills, data analysis and optional topic 80 mark (32% of A Level) – 45 marks on practical skills and data handling, 35 marks on optional topic.

There are 12 essential practicals which must be undertaken throughout the two years which form a practical skills assessment – this will be awarded as pass or fail and is by continuous assessment.

Physics can be used as an entry qualification for a wide range of science and non-science courses at Colleges and Universities.  Physics is clearly a requirement for degree courses in Physics, and is strongly recommended for degree courses in Design and Engineering disciplines and certain Medical courses (such as Radiography). It is also a useful qualification for other Science and Mathematical degree courses.  Physicists are highly sought after in a wide range of careers.