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Physics A Level at Sandhurst School

Course description

Physics is accepted as one of the more stretching A Level qualifications. It requires students to use the combination of visual memory, mathematics, and comprehension. Being able to analyse, describe, and be precise will all be required, and tested. It is one of the fundamental sciences, and most employers are interested in and impressed with candidates that have achieved their A Level in physics. It is extremely well respected.

Course content

AQA A Level physics builds upon the AQA GCSE physics or GCSE science. All exams are sat at the end of 2 years.

Topics in Year 12 include:

  • measurements and errors
  • fundamental particles
  • waves
  • mechanics
  • materials
  • electricity

In addition, in Year 13 you will cover:

  • thermal physics
  • gravitational
  • electrical and magnetic fields
  • nuclear physics
  • an option choice

The option will typically be one of two from astrophysics or medical physics. Turning points in physics, engineering physics (re-branded applied physics) and electronics are not currently offered.

Entry requirements

A grade 6 in GCSE physics or GCSE science. While it is not a requirement to take A Level mathematics, it is of substantial benefit. For students not studying A Level mathematics, a grade 6 GCSE pass in mathematics in required.


Practical activities are assessed as part of the standard exam papers. Practical knowledge is essential and competency is assessed in addition to skill and understanding during practical work. These competencies and skills are logged and assessed through the year and formally reported at the end of the course.

Future opportunities

Physics can take you almost anywhere, from architecture, medicine, stage set design to designing the next generation of nuclear power stations. It means that options open up, and you will be able to interview positively for a wide range of professions.

Demonstration of a logical approach is clearly essential to continuing on a path toward many scientific careers but is also highly sort after for professions such as finance and economics, ICT, engineering, manufacturing or business operations. This is demonstrated by the fact that we have been able to retain at Sandhurst qualified physics teachers within the science department, who have all experienced roles in industry and commerce.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years