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Physics A Level at Sir John Lawes School

Course description

Edexcel offers a concept-led approach to studying Physics. This approach begins with a study of the laws, theories and models of physics and finishes with an exploration of their practical applications.

You will require: a curiosity about how and why things in the world around you work, an ability to solve problems and use mathematical tools to model various situations, and a positive and organised attitude towards your studies. 

Course content

You will learn about modelling a variety of physical concepts, and will study Mechanics, Materials, Waves, Electricity, Thermodynamics, Space and Nuclear Radiation (amongst other topics, second year A Level topics shown in bold).

All aspects of the course (including practical skill and knowledge) will be assessed through exam papers at the end of the 2 year course.

Entry requirements

GCSE Triple Science Physics at grade B or better


- GCSE Additional Science at grade B or better with an A or A* grade in the Physics P456 module


- Grade 6 or better in GCSE Mathematics

- APS of 4.5 or above

It is useful if you also take A Level Maths alongside this course to support the study of Physics, but this is not essential.


Three written papers at the end of Year 13

Paper 1: Advanced Physics I (1 hour and 45 minutes)

Paper 2: Advanced Physics II (1 hour and 45 minutes)

Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Physics (2 hours and 30 minutes)

All exam papers will include a wide range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of both theory and practical skills through the examinations.

Practical Endorsement - A separate grade (Pass/Fail) will be awarded for practical based work carried out throughout the two years of the course. 

Further information

Physics is essential for any Engineering or Computing based courses 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Lawes School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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