Choosing your A levels

Physics

Introduction

Why does a hot-air balloon rise? Why did the Millennium Bridge wobble so much that it had to be closed? Why does warm honey flow much more easily than cold honey? This course is for students who enjoyed Physics at GCSE and want to develop their understanding of the subject to a much greater depth.

Board and specification code

Pearson Specification Code 9PL0

Is Physics for you?

Physics helps to unlock the mysteries of the universe and is one of the most powerful enablers of innovation and discovery. Physicists collaborate with other researchers and apply their knowledge and technical skills in response to the major challenges of our time.

Course content/components

  • Paper 1: Written paper
    • Content: Mechanics, Electric Circuits, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Nuclear and Particle Physics.
  • Paper 2: Written paper
    • Content: Materials, Waves and Particle Nature of Light, Thermodynamics, Space, Nuclear Radiation, Gravitational Fields and Oscillations.
  • Paper 3: Written paper
    • Content: General and Practical Principles in Physics.

Recommended entry requirement

At least Grade 7/A in IGCSE Physics or 77/AA Double Award Science.

Post-A Level options

A Physics degree could lead to a career as a mechanical engineer, a computer games designer, a scientific journalist, an architect, a particle physicist, a weather forecaster or a sound engineer, among others.

Physics is about questioning, studying and probing nature. You probe and, if you’re lucky, you get strange clues.

Lene Hau