Physics A-level

A-level Physics is a well-respected subject that is needed for a wide range of careers such as engineering, computing, finance, astronomy and sub atomic particle research.

It is a highly mathematical A-level which will develop your problem solving skills at the same time as stretching your imagination.

Both employers and Universities value an A-level in Physics very highly as it is a clear demonstration of academic ability and personal resilience.

What topics/modules are covered?

A-level Physics will introduce the strange world of quantum phenomena where you will learn about the fundamental particles that are responsible for all interactions with in the known Universe.

Further mechanics will develop your ability to analyse systems mathematically promoting your ability to manipulate problems and present calculated solutions.

At the end of Year 2 there is the option of taking a specific module in physics for engineers, physics for medicine, astrophysics or turning points in development physics.

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

Additional entry requirements:

  • GCSE Physics grade 6 or above as a separate science or grade 6 in Core and Additional Science. You will also need GCSE Mathematics grade 6 or above.
  • It would benefit you greatly to take A-level Mathematics with Physics.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Examination – Paper 1
    A-level (34%) 2 hours
  • Examination – Paper 2
    A-level (34%) 2 hours
  • Examination – Paper 3
    A-level (32%) 2 hours

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

A successful Physics university graduate can expect to be employed within the engineering, medical, computing or finance sectors. Physics graduates will have a high level of problem solving ability and are therefore sought after by a variety of employers offering advanced level apprenticeships.

What qualification will I gain?

AQA A-level Physics (7408).

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 11:01