Physics A Level

Level 3
Exam Board: AQA
Assessment: 100% examination, separate practical endorsement.

Course Content

AS and first year of A-level

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and energy
  5. Electricity


Second year of A-level

  1. Further mechanics and thermal physics,
  2. Fields
  3. Nuclear physics

Optional Unit covered

  1. Astrophysics

Why Study Physics?

  • ….Employability. Physics qualifications are highly regarded by employers.
  • —-Understanding the world around you. Most people are naturally curious to understand the world around them Physics gives you the skills and thought processes to help.
  • —-Understanding modern technology. In an increasingly technological world physics helps you to keep up.
  • —-Great support for other subjects. The skills learned in physics supports a wide range of other subjects.
  • — It’s Fun!

Why choose The Deanery?

At the Deanery we have a long tradition of teaching physics at a high level. The staffs are highly qualified with a good mix of physics and engineering graduates. We are all experienced at delivering the A’ Level specification and many of us extend our professional skill and knowledge through exam board work or work higher education.

Over the years our physics students have gone into a wide range of careers from medicine, engineering, financial careers, academia, and research at universities and CERN.

Like most subjects class sizes are very small in single figures which mean we can offer far more support for individuals.

We take every opportunity to enhance the curriculum with lecture visits, and competitions etc. We have good links with the Ogden trust and our students have acted as facilitators on high school science days.

What could this subject lead to?

People with physics qualifications are highly regarded in the workplace.  As well as being highly numerate, analytical and logical, the chances are that you are also a creative thinker, excellent at problem solving and meticulous — skills that are relevant in any work environment. About a quarter of physics graduates stay on to do further study or research after their first degree, whilst the remainder enter a very wide range of professions;

This includes medicine, all types of engineering, veterinary science, computer science, education, banking, accounting, nuclear technology, insurance risk assessment, financial analysis, dentistry, aerodynamics, police, industrial controller, armed forces, management, space science, geological survey, materials science, medical physics, stockbroker, weather forecasting, car design, building surveying, and many more.

Even if you didn’t pursue physics beyond A’ Level it is still a highly regarded subject for university entry and supports many of the other subjects very well.