A-Levels - A Level Physics

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 57867
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Have you ever wondered why the air smells differently in a thunderstorm or when you throw a ball it flies in a curve? If you have an enquiring mind, this subject will give you a fascinating insight into how the physical world works and the part it plays in the functioning of our world and beyond.


What you will study

Year 1
Measurements and their errors. This will introduce and consolidate the use and manipulation of SI units to include
conversions and dimensional analysis.

Errors will be determined and evaluated in absolute, fractional and percentage terms as well as graphically.

Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity. An introduction to the fundamental properties and nature of matter, radiation and quantum phenomena.

You will also study electricity and its Applications, building on principles acquired at GCSE.

Mechanics, Materials and Waves. This introduces vectors and develops knowledge and understanding of forces and energy from GCSE Additional Science.

Materials are studied in terms of their bulk properties and tensile strength and. You will also gain an in-depth knowledge of the characteristics, properties and applications of waves.

Year 2
Fields and their Consequences and Nuclear Physics. The section covers electric and magnetic fields, together with basic electromagnetic induction.

The nuclear section looks at the characteristics of the nucleus, the properties of unstable nuclei and how energy is obtained from the nucleus.

Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics. This advances the study of motion, introduces circular and oscillatory motion and gravitation. Electric fields and magnetic fields are also studied.

The thermal properties of materials and the nature of gases are studied in depth.

Optional topics:
Medical physics Engineering
Physics Turning points of physics

The optional unit will be delivered by a democratic system of electing the most popular choice.

How will it be delivered?

Throughout the course your level of attainment will be gauged by regular tests and homework assignments. AS exams (2 papers - 1.5 hours each) will be taken at the end of the first year of the course but do not contribute to your final A level grade.

All A-Level exams will take place at the end of the second year of the course. There are three written exams each lasting 2 hours. Overall, at least 40% of the marks in assessments for physics will require the use of mathematical skills.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs 9-4 including English Language at grade 4 and maths at grade 6.


Separate sciences 6/6/5 or Dual Science 6/6. i.e. Physics and one other at 6/6.

It’s required that you study A Level Maths as well.

Your next steps...

Further study

A Level Physics is an excellent qualification for anyone seeking entry to a university and is an essential requirement for physics and engineering courses.

Physics is regarded as a 'facilitating subject' which will increase your chances of progression to a Russell Group University.

HNC Applied Science at Wakefield College

Career opportunities

Many physicists work in research and development, engineering and information technology. Other career paths include medicine, astronomy, meteorology, geology, environmental science and teaching. For more advice on career opportunities, visit the Institute of Physics website.