Physics is the Science that attempts to describe how nature works using the language of mathematics.

It is a fascinating subject and it is the theories of Physics that provide us with some of our deepest notions of space, time, matter and energy.

The importance of Physics to society today is most easily represented by our reliance on technology. Many of the technologies that that are continually transforming the world we live in can be directly traced back to important physics research. Students will link their theoretical work in class to higher level ideas such as Superconductors, Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. Throughout the A Level course students will gain an appreciation of the famous scientists and the stories behind the great leaps forward in Physics.

Perhaps the greatest skill a Physics student develops is a sense of wonder about how things work. There is no denying that physics is a difficult subject to study at A Level. However it is important to remember that studying Physics also has great rewards. For those with an ambition to be at the forefront of developing technologies and theories that describe our reality it is necessary to study Physics at school and beyond. The Department is fortunate to have teachers who have the experience, skills and passion to help ‘unlock’ this subject and this is reflected in the excellent examination results that they achieve. 

Why Choose Physics

  • Pursue a Physics or Physics related specialist degree including Engineering, Mathematics, Computing or Material Sciences.
  • Progress to a wide range of careers in sectors including Engineering, Materials, Research and Education.
  • Learn core skills including solving problems using mathematics and experimental techniques. 

Exam Board

Further information on the Physics A Level can be found on the Edexcel website. 

Course Content

AS Physics:

Unit 1 – Physics on the Go

Unit 2 – Physics at Work

Unit 3 – Physics Practical Assessment

A2 Physics:

Unit 4 – Physics on the Move

Unit 5 – Physics from Creation to Collapse

Unit 6 – Physics Practical Assessment


AS Physics:

Unit 1 – 100% Exam 

Unit 2 – 100% Exam

Unit 3 – 100% Coursework 

A2 Physics:

Unit 4 – 100% Exam

Unit 5 – 100% Exam

Unit 6 –100% Coursework 

Trips, Activities and Extension 

Rutherford Appleton Laboratories

Students usually visit Rutherford Appleton Laboratories for Physics Master Classes and also to attend relevant lectures in the ‘Talking Science’ programme.