Physics

A Level

KEY FACTS

Qualification Type

A Level

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 6 or higher in GCSE sciences and grade 6 or higher in maths.

Assessment

External examinations plus practical skills competences.

Opportunities for Work Related Activities

The new A Level Physics course incorporates a practical skills course that enables students to develop their laboratory skills.
From the Ancient Greek “knowledge of nature”, physics unlocks the secrets of the universe: matter, energy, space and time.

Modules/Units

Year 1

  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

Year 2

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics

Progression

BSc physics or engineering. Engineering apprenticeships

Careers

Astrophysicist; architect; satellite engineer; clinical scientist; coastal scientist; computer games designer; DJ; gravity researcher; ice scientist; laser fusion scientist; lecturer; material scientist; mechanical engineer; medical researcher; particle physicist; poker player; radar project manager; renewable energy manager; science communicator; solicitor; solar energy physicist; sound engineer; structural engineer; surgeon; teacher; tunnel engineer; TV producer; TV science adviser. (Source: Institute of Physics)