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A Level Physics

Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles. Physics is particularly important in all branches of engineering such as automotive, aeronautic, electrical and mechanical. Physicists are problem solvers, thinkers, designers and creators.

A-level Physics has strong practical elements and requires good mathematical and thinking skills. Topics include Particle Physics, Waves, Mechanics, Electricity, Fields and Astrophysics.

“Physics fascinates me because it provides the science behind how things work. It changes how you think about everything as you understand more.”

A Level Physics – AQA

What is Physics?

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the matter inside us, and the Universe beyond. It is the most basic and fundamental science. It is a philosophy for those who want to understand the Universe and a tool for those who want to change the world.

Why study it?

If you find yourself asking why things happen, physics is for you. Understanding the fields and forces, matter and energy, will provide you with answers and prompt more questions.

Course Structure and Your Future

Year 12

Measurements and errors

Particles and their radiation


Mechanics and materials


Year 13

Further mechanics and thermal Physics

Fields and their consequences

Nuclear Physics

What next?

Studying A-Level Physics can be extremely valuable if you wish to pursue a career in the following:

Engineering, Architecture, Medicine, Research or Teaching