An A-level in physics covers a diverse and fascinating range of topics, ranging from the formation and history of the universe, to Newton’s laws of motion, to the large scale mechanics of the movements of the planets and the incredibly small scale of quantum phenomena. Physics is often described as the most fundamental science and you will look at the world around you and learn to describe it as well as predict and explain what you observe.

A-level physics will equip you particularly well for the study of physics at university as well as courses such as; astrophysics, particle physics, theoretical physics, nuclear physics, quantum mechanics. It also provides students with an excellent foundation of knowledge and skills to pursue careers and further training in all aspects of engineering, further vocational studies and directly into employment.

Core 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


  • 9 Astrophysics
  • 10 Medical physics
  • 11 Engineering physics
  • 12 Turning points in physics
  • 13 Electronics

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Entry Requirements

Grade B in GCSE Physics or Grades BB if taken the Double Science GCSE.

5 GCSE’s grade A*-C or 4 and above, including English and maths.

Interview Required.

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