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A Level Physics at All Saints Catholic High School

Course description

The Physics A Level course build upon the student’s knowledge and understanding gained during GCSE studies in Physics. Both years are divided into modules but are assessed at the end of the respective courses.

In year 12 students study five compulsory units covering a range of physical principles and practical skills. There are an additional 4 compulsory units and an optional block in Year 13 that utilises our departmental specialism, Astrophysics.

Course content

Year 12

Unit 1 Measurements and their errors

Unit 2 Particles and radiation

Unit 3 Waves

Unit 4 Mechanics and energy

Unit 5 Electricity

Year 13

Unit 6 Further mechanics

Unit 7 Thermal physics

Unit 8 Fields

Unit 9 Nuclear physics

Unit 10 Optional module - Astrophysics

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in Physics or 6 and 6 in Combined Award Science and GCSE grade 6 in Mathematics 


The A Level course is assessed in three 2 hour examinations. Paper one assesses Year 12 content (units 2-5) and unit 6; paper 2 comprises unit 7-9 (but assumes knowledge from 2-5); paper three covers practical and date analysis skills from unit 1 and the Astrophysics unit. The A Level course itself contains twelve required practical activities which are assessed in the exams and result in a seperate "Practical Endorsement" as evidence of the skills students have required.



Future opportunities

Students develop skills in problem solving, applying knowledge, analysing data, as well as gaining the practical skills needed for university and future careers.

The course lays the foundation for any further study of physics or engineering related subjects in higher education. Possible careers include: Engineering, astronomy, medicine, electronics, computing, manufacturing, veterinary science.

Further information

Student comment:

“… I enjoy linking my knowledge of the very smallest objects like neutrinos to the very largest like stars and galaxies. My A* grade at A Level has allowed me to study the subject further at university.” 

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: 10 October 2018
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