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Physics GCE A Level at Greenhead College

Course description

This subject is linear with examinations at the end of the two year course.

Physics is fascinating at A Level because it combines experiments with mathematical analysis to produce a much deeper understanding of topics than at GCSE Level.

You will begin to get a greater understanding of the Universe around you including the behaviour of subatomic particles such as quarks.

Course content

The AQA 7408 Physics course builds on your GCSE science and includes modules covering Mechanics, Electricity, Waves, Nuclear Physics, Quantum Physics, Particle Physics, Magnetism and the development of Physical theories.

Entry requirements

The college gives priority to its 12 partner schools. Places are offered to other applicants on a competitive basis.

All prospective students must achieve a GCSE grade 4 or higher in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics.

To access a three A Level programme a student must achieve, in addition to the above, a minimum of grade 6's in three GCSE subjects.

Students who achieve a grade 8/9 profile at GCSE will be offered the opportunity to study for four A Levels.

Prospective Physics students must achieve a minimum of grade 66 in GCSE Science and grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics OR grade 6 in GCSE Physics and grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.


The course is linear. You will sit three examination papers at the end of the two year course. 

One of the papers will contain questions on practical work, but there is no practical exam.  You will be assessed on your practical skills in class by your teacher and will get a qualification in practical work if your skills are good enough.  This is not part of your final A Level grade.

Future opportunities

A Level Physics is an important qualification for many careers.

Some students go on to study Physics at University. This may lead to a career in research and development, either in a university or in industry. High temperature semiconductors, a better understanding of sub atomic particles and more efficient ways of storing energy for cars are just three areas of research being pursued at the moment.

Perhaps the majority of those who study A Level Physics do so in order to apply their Physics knowledge in another subject area at university. Examples of this are the many branches of Engineering, Electronics and Meteorology. For these careers, A Level Physics is essential, as is A Level Maths.

Another group of students choose to study Physics because they feel that it will be useful even if not essential for their career. Those intending to follow a career in Medicine or Biochemistry fall into this category.

Further information

The course is heavily mathematical and there will be mathematics used in most lessons.  It is for this reason that we strongly recommend that all our students follow the A Level Mathematics course in order to develop their mathematical skills and to help them with the Mechanical part of our course.  If you do not enjoy Mathematics, particularly algebra and trigonometry, then Physics is probably not the subject for you.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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