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Physics A Level at Mount Grace School

Course description

Students who have developed a keen interest in the Physical Sciences at GCSE, and who have an aptitude for mathematical applications, will find Physics at A Level both interesting and demanding.

You will learn to apply your knowledge and understanding at GCSE to a much higher level and interpret problems that affect the world, from the micro scale to the cosmological. Practical skills are well developed throughout the course leading to a Practical Endorsement in Physics, an endorsement which is appended to your final A Level grade. Skills such as mathematical application, problem solving, analysis and evaluation are main areas of focus throughout the course.

This course is aimed at those of you with an interest in physics and looking to pursue a career in engineering, physics or science in the future.

Course content

Year 12 (AS and first year of A Level)

  • Module 1 – You will learn practical skills appropriate for A Level Physics.
  • Module 2 – You will learn about the foundations of Physics.
  • Module 3 – You will investigate forces and motion.
  • Module 4 – You will investigate and learn about electricity, waves and quantum physics.

Year 13 (A Level only)

  • Module 5 – You will investigate and learn about thermal physics, oscillations, fields and astrophysics.
  • Module 6 – You will investigate and learn about nuclear and particle physics, electromagnetism and medical physics.

Modules 1–4 are common to both the AS and full A Level course and will be taught in their entirety during Year 12 to give all pupils the option to take the AS exam if they choose to.

Entry requirements

Candidates who wish to study Physics require a minimum of a Grade B in GCSE Double Award/ Additional Science and Maths


If you are studying AS Physics you will only be assessed on modules 1-4. There are 2 exams, worth 50% each:

  • Breadth in Physics (1 hour 30 minutes paper)
  • Depth in Physics (1 hour 30 minutes paper)

For the full course (H556) you would sit 3 exams which are weighted differently:

  • Modelling Physics (2 hours 15 minutes) – 37% of your final A Level
  • Exploring Physics (2 hours 15 minutes) – 37% of your final A Level
  • Unified Physics (1 hour 30 minutes) – 26% of your final A Level

Future opportunities

When combined with mathematics, physics A Level will enable you to progress to Higher Education and careers in fields such as Physics, Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Geophysics, Space Science, Telecommunications, Engineering and Computer Science. Materials Science and Chemical Engineering are options if you study chemistry in addition to physics and mathematics. Many Financial Institutions actively seek physics graduates.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

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