Physics A Level

What will I learn?

1st Year:

  • Mechanics – Forces, motion, energy and the links between them
  • Electrical Circuits – Fundamental understanding of how circuits work
  • Materials Science – Aerodynamics, fluid flow and the behaviour of materials under tension and compression
  • Waves – Standing waves, Refraction, Polarisation and many more wave properties
  • Nature of Light – Wave-particle duality and the strange world of quantum physics

2nd Year:

  • Further Mechanics – Circular motion and momentum
  • Fields – Electric, Magnetic and Gravitational Fields
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics – The physics of the fundamental building blocks of matter
  • Thermodynamics – Heating and cooling of materials
  • Astrophysics – Interstellar measurements, dark matter and the fate of the universe
  • Radioactivity – Radioactive decay, fission and fusion
  • Vibrations – Simple harmonic motion and oscillating systems

Entry Requirements

GCSE Core and Additional Science at grade 6 or above or GCSE Physics at grade 6 or above; also GCSE Maths at grade 6 or above preferred; also GCSE Maths at grade 6 or above. GCSE points average of 5.7 or above.

A-Level Physics students are strongly advised to undertake A-Level Maths as well.

How long will it take to qualify?

2 years

How will I be assessed?

A-Level Course:
Advanced Physics: 1 105 minute exam: structured questions. A Level weighting 30%
Advanced Physics: 2 105 minute exam: structured questions. A Level weighting 30%
General & Practical: 150 minute exam: structured and open writing tasks. A Level weighting 40%
Practical Endorsement:
Series of assessments or practical skills which are reported separated and so do not contribute toward the A-Level grade. Whether this aspect has been ‘passed’ or’failed’ will appear on the A-Level certificate alongside the A-Level grade.

Additional Learning Opportunities

You will be able to participate in the British Physics Olympiad competition, join student led, science based societies and have opportunity to go on a trip to see the LHC particle collider at CERN in Switzerland.

Who is this course aimed at?

Physics is attractive to students who:

  • are looking for a science or engineering based career
  • enjoy problem solving and can work logically
  • are interested in how the Universe works from the nanoscale physics of particles and quantum effects to immeasurably large scales involved in cosmological physics
  • enjoy using mathematical skills to approach a problem

What next?

Most students go on to engineering careers and/or study of Physics or another scientific subject at university. Physics studies develop many transferable skills which are valued by employers.



  • A Level


  • Physics

Course Length

  • 2 Years


  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider