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Physics A-Level at Freman College

Course description

This new A-level has a higher mathematical demand, there will be many more questions than in the past and it offers many challenges.

40% of the marks for the new Physics A-level are awarded for mathematical content. It is very important, therefore, that you are studying Mathematics at least to AS-level and, as much of the more complicated mathematics is covered in the full A-level Mathematics course (rather than the AS), you will find studying Mathematics A-level a significant advantage.

15% of the marks awarded are for the testing of practical skills and techniques. These are delivered in a series of ‘core’ practicals - there is no practical examination, instead students can be awarded a competency endorsement for their A-level Certificate.

Physicists and Engineers are in great demand. Arguably, they have a more significant impact on our daily lives than any other profession; they are at the forefront of nuclear and alternative energy, changes in ICT, building, transport and medicine – all vital to the country’s prosperity. There is a shortage of graduates so job opportunities and sponsorships are readily available.

Entry requirements

Grade B in Physics papers P2 and P3. Must also take Maths at AS or A-level.


Assessment will be by two 1 hour 45 minute, 90 mark papers and one 2 hours 30 minutes, 120 mark paper.

Paper 1 will assess Topic 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 & 8 and cover areas such as Working as a Physicist, Mechanics, Electric Circuits, Further Mechanics, Electric & Magnetic Fields and Nuclear & Particle Physics.

Paper 2 will assess Topics 1, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 and cover areas such as Working as a Physicist, Materials, Waves & Particle Nature of Light, Thermodynamics, Space, Nuclear Radiation, Gravitational Fields and Oscillations.

Paper 3 is the longest paper. Half of the question will be based on the practical skills and the other half can cover any of the topics taught.

Future opportunities

Physics students are likely to go to university and study areas of Mathematics, Physics and Engineering (including electronics, construction, communications, alternative energies and aeronautics/ aerospace).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Freman College directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years