Accessibility links

Physics A Level at Darrick Wood School

Course description

The course builds on the knowledge gained from GCSE. Topics such as electricity, forces, electromagnetic waves, space and nuclear physics will all be familiar to the students. Topics are studied to a greater depth and there is a clear emphasis on skills, understanding and application of knowledge as opposed to simple recall. Students are challenged to look critically at possible models to explain observations. With an emphasis on practical work and problem solving, the course is modern and enjoyable with direct relevance to the world today. The study of physics in medicine is always a popular part of the course.

Course content

A Level Units
Module 1 - Development of practical skills in physics
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

Grade 6 or above in GCSE Physics or two grade 6s in Combined Science
Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and be taking A level Mathematics is preferred
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language


There are three written papers (total 6 hours)
Paper 1 will assess modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.
Paper 2 will assess modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.
Paper 3 will assess all modules 1 - 6.
In addition, there is a non-examination assessment of practical skills which though not counting towards the A level grade will be reported separately.

Future opportunities

The A level Physics course will prepare students to progress into further education, to follow courses in physics, engineering, one of the other sciences or related subjects, or to enter employment where a knowledge of physics would be useful.
It links particularly well with the other sciences, Mathematics, Geography and foreign languages. Most doors can be opened with a Physics key!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darrick Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
Provider logo

Key information

  • Start date: Next September


  • More information
    • By Road: From M25 Junction 4, take A21 towards Bromley. After approximately 4 miles turn right onto A232 Crofton Road . Continue for ½ mile and turn right into Mada Road. Turn right again at the end of the road and then immediately left.

      By Rail: Orpington Railway Station is approximately 7 minutes by taxi.

      Car Parking: Visitor car parking is available.