Physics A Level

What will I learn?

Paper 1
(50%) Core Physics 1:
Mechanics and Electrical Circuits will consider:

  • How Physics helps us analyse sporting activities and collisions
  • Physics in the medical industry
  • How Physics helps archaeologists find out what is beneath the ground

Paper 2
(50%) Core Physics 2:
Materials Science, Waves and the Nature of Light will consider:

  • How musical instruments produce sound and how CDs store data
  • The physics involved in the food industry
  • How to power satellites efficiently and regulate their temperature

Paper 1
(30%) Advanced Physics 1:
Includes the contents of Core Physics 1 (above) as well as Further Mechanics, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Nuclear and Particle Physics. These will consider:

  • The physics needed to keep high speed rail travel safe
  • The orbits of planets
  • An investigation of modern particle physics and the structure of matter

Paper 2
(30%) Advanced Physics 2:
Includes the contents of Core Physics 2 (above) as well as Thermodynamics, Space, Nuclear Radiation, Gravitational Fields, and Oscillations. These will  consider:

  • The physics of earthquakes
  • Cosmology and astrophysics
  • Addressing the Earth’s energy needs

Paper 3
(40%) General and Practical Principles in Physics:
Synoptic paper including any physics topics from paper 1 or 2. The paper will focus upon assessing conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

Practical Endorsement:
Series of assessments of practical skills which are reported separately 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.

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. All AS/A-Level Physics students should also undertake A Level Maths – Mechanics.

With a GCSE points average of 5.7 or above.

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%

Additional Learning Opportunities

You will be able to enrol onto the Scary Physics scheme; you can also participate in the Physics Olympiad competition.

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 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