The Year 12 physics course builds directly on GCSE knowledge through a more in-depth look at topics such as waves, mechanics, materials and electricity. You will be introduced to the on going development of new ideas in areas such as particle physics and there is an emphasis on maths skills and practical work across all topics.

The Year 13 physics course builds on the key ideas and knowledge covered in Year 12 through topics such as further mechanics, thermal physics, fields and their consequences and nuclear physics. You are given the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of a selected branch of physics through one of the following option topics.

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical Physics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Electronics
  • Turning Points in Physics

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in Combined or Grade 6 in Physics and Grade 7 in Maths or taking A Level Maths, plus 5 in Biology or Chemistry


The exams are interesting, straightforward and clear with no hidden surprises. You will be rewarded for the skills and knowledge that you develop. The A Level qualification requires students to sit three 120 minute exams. All exams consist of structured questions and multiple choice questions.

What Next?

Students take Physics alongside just about every subject however most students (80% – 90%) also take Maths. An A Level in Physics is highly regarded and would support careers in areas such as Engineering, Cosmology, Medicine, Architecture and Finance.

Physics Subject Leader: Mr M Dennis

Syllabus: AQA

Course Specification: 1451 and 2451

Qualification: A Level