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A Level Physics - New Linear A Level at Barton Court Grammar School

Course description

A Level Physics is a highly valued qualification which opens doors to a multitude of opportunities.  It will allow you to develop a range of transferable skills which can be used across a range of subjects, including computing skills, mathematical and practical skills and the ability to analyse and evaluate data to solve problems. A Level Mathematics complements the A Level Physics course well and it is a compulsory entry requirement for many physics related degree courses.   Physics is a subject which can lead to many travel opportunities; physicists from all over the world work collaboratively on a range of projects, from space science at NASA to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and many universities offer physics courses with a year’s work experience abroad.  There is an opportunity to participate in a school visit to CERN in Geneva in Year 12. Physics combines well with other A Level science subjects such as Chemistry and Biology, and students interested in engineering often opt to study Design Technology.

Course content

Physics is the most fundamental science; in it we ask the big questions about our world, universe and even our reality. Physics involves all physical aspects of natural science from the very small sub-atomic particles to the unimaginably large galaxies and the cosmos; including topics on mechanics, energy generation, thermodynamics, electrical circuits, waves, quantum physics, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics, medical imaging and astrophysics.


There are six modules to the A Level course:

Module 1:  Development of Practical Skills

Module 2:  Foundations of Physics

Module 3:  Forces and Motion

Module 4:  Electrons, waves and photons

Module 5:  Newtonian World and astrophysics

Module 6:  Particles and medical physics

Entry requirements

Sixth Form entry requirements include GCSE Physics at grade 6 and GCSE Mathematics at grade 6. It is highly advisable that students also study A Level Mathematics with this subject.


The course is assessed by three examinations; two of the examinations consist of a combination of multiple choice and structured questions, covering theory and practical skills.  The third examination assesses content from all modules in a synoptic style examination.

There is a practical endorsement component which is teacher assessed.

Future opportunities

A physics degree can lead to a career in many fields, including mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, scientific research, technological industries, space exploration, medical physics, design, architecture, geophysics and meteorology, nanotechnology, renewable energy, telecommunications, computing, accountancy and business.

Further information

Please contact Mr Chandler, Lead Teacher of Physics, or your Physics Teacher, or go to

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: 06 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years