This A level course will enable students to understand how things work. They will develop practical skills and learn detailed analysis processes. They will have to develop a logical and at times abstract way of thinking and learn to be thorough and precise when it comes to problem solving as they learn new mathematical processes. The course is linear and a stand-alone qualification.

Course Content – Year 12

The course includes:

  • Measurement and errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

Course Content – Year 13

The course includes:

  • Measurement and errors
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • Astrophysics / Engineering Physics

Assessment will take the form of three written examinations of approximately equal weighting. It is a linear course which will be examined at the end of the course.

Is this course right for me?

The course is both fascinating and demanding. You will study how things work and to help do this successfully you will need to have sound mathematical skills. The course contains important theories and the ability to think abstractly would be useful. Practical skills are essential in applying and testing out the theories covered.

Course highlights

There is a Sixth Form trip to CERN in Switzerland. We run the Engineering Scheme which allows prospective engineers to experience the engineering process from the point of a problem to solve to producing and presenting a report to a panel of professionals. We attend the Christie Open Evening and Sixth Form lectures given by educators from the University of Manchester.

What can you do next?

You can go on to university to study a degree in Physics or Astrophysics. All engineering degree courses require Physics A level. The rigour required to succeed at A level Physics is recognised and valued by all degree courses from Law to Medicine.

Subject minimum entry requirement

Grade 6 or higher in GCSE Physics or equivalent.

“Teachers are eager and willing to give their time to assist and help students. They know the strengths and weaknesses of individual students and tailor their teaching to benefit everyone.”

“Learning is practically based and independent learning is encouraged. The course is noticeably more advanced than GCSE.”