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Physics A Level

Physics A Level

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2021, Full Time


Physics is a fascinating subject about how the real world (and the rest of the universe) works. It asks about everything from what existed before the Big Bang to how cars can use less petrol.

Topics include:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics.

The course combines learning about theories in physics with practical laboratory work and analysing data. You are likely to do well if you can think logically, critically and imaginatively and are willing to work hard. The course can be challenging, and you will need to persevere when you cannot immediately see the solution to a problem. It includes some mathematical concepts and theories, so it will also help if you enjoy and are good at Mathematics, especially algebra.

Why Our College?

Top 25%

nationally for progress made by students in A Level achievement

ALPS Key Stage 5 progress data 2018

Student success

We have a consistently high A Level pass rate. In 2018, 70% of our students achieved A*-C.

More than A Levels

Your time at our sixth form is about much more than gaining a qualification. You will be treated as an adult and an individual, supported to explore your passions and interests.  

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a miimum of a grade 6 in GCSE Maths and a grade 6,6 in GCSE combined science:Trilogy, or grade 6 in GCSE Physics. Applicants are also required to have achieved a mimum of six GCSEs at grade 9-4 including GCSE English Language.


You will be assessed through 3 written exams taken at the end of the second year which include questions on both theory and practical work. A separate certificate confirming your practical skills can also be achieved in addition to your A Level.


Physics can be taken with any other subjects, but students often choose Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography.
Physics is identified by selective universities as one of the subjects they prefer applicants to have studied at A Level.

Career Progression

This A Level could lead on to related degree courses and careers, such as; Science, Engineering or Computing, and the skills you will learn, such as thinking clearly and logically, will be useful in a wide range of other fields.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop