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Physics Sixth Form Subject Information 2020


 A Level Physics

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grades 9-4 with grade 5-5 for Combined Science or 5 for Physics

Exam Board


Content relating to the subject qualification

Year 1

• Section 1 - Measurements and their errors

• Section 2 - Particles and radiation

• Section 3 - Waves

• Section 4 - Mechanics and materials

• Section 5 – Electricity


Year 2

• Section 6 - Further mechanics and thermal physics

• Section 7 - Fields and their consequences

• Section 8 - Nuclear physics

• Section 9 - Option section from; Astrophysics, medical physics, Engineering physics, Turning points in physics, electronics


Assessment of the qualification


1. Sections 1-5 and 6.1(Periodic motion) - written exam: 2 hours - 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions

2. Sections 7, 8 and 6.2(Thermal physics) - written exam 2 hours - 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions

3. Section 1-8 practical skills and data analysis and Option section - written exam: 2 hours - 45 marks of short and long answer questions and 35 marks of short and long answer questions on the optional topic


Practical endorsement for physics – minimum of 12 practical activities completed over the 2 years 

Career Pathways

A Level Physics is either essential or recommended for studying degrees in Engineering, Physics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Architecture, Computer Science, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Maths, Materials Science, Sports Science, Surveying, Psychology, and Teaching.


A level Physics can lead to careers in a wide range of areas including: engineering, astronomy, robotics, renewable energies, computer science, communications, space exploration, science writing, sports and games technology, research and nanotechnology

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