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Physics at King Edward VII

Course description

Studying A Level Physics allows students to explore how things work from the very large (the Universe) to the very small (sub-atomic particles) and much in between.  We aim to encourage curiosity, develop problem solving and provide a framework for understanding how things work, underpinned by mathematical modelling of physical systems.  Practical work is a key component of the course and is embedded throughout the course.

Entry requirements

You should have studied to the end of Key Stage 4 and either have separate Sciences (triple award) including Physics, or Higher Tier Dual Award Science. 

  • Triple Award route: In order to study A level Physics you must have at least a 6 in two GCSE Sciences – one of which must be in Physics.
  • Dual Award route: Grade 6, 6 or higher.

Both science routes also require a grade 6 or higher in Maths GCSE.  It is advisable to continue with Maths at A level but not essential. 

To ensure that the subjects you have chosen fit into our timetable please click the link below to view our subject blocking timetable 2019-2020 on our school website. Please note that this may be subject to change depending on course demand or staffing.

NOTE: the school reserves the right NOT to run courses where the number of students is not viable.




A Level Examinations (summer Year 13):


Advanced Physics I

Advanced Physics II

General & Practical Principles in Physics


  • Working as a Physicist
  • Mechanics
  • Electric circuits
  • Further Mechanics
  • Electric & magnetic fields
  • Nuclear & particle physics
  • Working as a Physicist
  • Materials
  • Waves & particle nature of light
  • Thermodynamics
  • Space
  • Nuclear Radiation
  • Gravitational Fields
  • Oscillations
  • Questions in this paper may draw on any of the topics in this specification
  • The paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics
  • The paper will include questions that assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods that will draw on students’ experiences of the core practical work.

% of qualification




Length of paper

1 hour 45 minutes

1 hour 45 minutes

2 hours 30 minutes




120 marks


  • The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
  • Students will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Future opportunities

A Level Physics is seen as a ‘facilitating subject’ by universities, meaning that it is highly valued as preparing students for Higher Education.  With a qualification in Physics you could go onto work, apprenticeships, or Further or Higher Education.  The following is a list of some of the careers which can be followed with a Physics degree: Astronomy, education, engineering, medicine, meteorology, scientific research, nanotechnology, space exploration and telecommunications, although the problem solving and mathematical skills developed enable students to go into a very wide range of jobs. 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 104 Weeks