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Physics A-level at Springwood High School

Course description

Physics A is split into six modules, and combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitutes the full A-Level.

Course content

The modules can be summarised as:

  • Development of Practical
  • Foundations of Physics
  • Forces and Motions
  • Electrons, Waves and Photons
  • Newtonian World and Astrophysics
  • Particles and Medical Physics

Entry requirements

A minimum of five A* - C GCSE grades including Maths and English. Grade B in Physics / Additional Science and Mathematics.


Module 1: Development of practical skills - this module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and (for A Level only) within the Practical Endorsement.

Module 2: Foundations in Physics: covering concepts required throughout the remaining modules.

Module 3 and 4: AS Topics (Motion, Electrons, Waves and Protons).

Module 5 and 6: A Level Topics (Nuclear Physics, Fields, Oscillating Motion).

At A Level: 

  • A Level Paper 1 assesses the content form Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.
  • A Level Paper 2 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 plus and material appropriately flagged within the specification from Modules 3 and 5.
  • A Level Paper 3 assesses the contact from Modules 1 to 6.

Future opportunities

A -level Physics, in combination with Maths, is required for entry to higher education courses in the Physical Sciences and Engineering. Degrees in these subjects can, lead to a wide range of careers in areas that include Applied Physics, Astrophysics, Geophysics, Materials Technology, Forensic Science, Engineering, Meteorology and Medical Physics. Physics A -Level is also good for intended careers in Medicine, Mathematics and Computing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Springwood High School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years