A Level - A Levels

Start Date

5th September 2017

Course Duration

2 years


Full time


Sixth Form College

Course Overview

A Level Physics allows students to appreciate how fundamental science works. It is problem solving on both the largest and the smallest scale imaginable.

Exam Board Information


Progression and Career Opportunities

Studying A-level Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including:

Geophysicist/field seismologist.

Healthcare scientist, medical physics.

Research scientist (physical sciences).

Scientific laboratory technician.


Operational researcher.

Patent attorney.

Product/process development scientist.

Systems developer.

Technical author.

You can also move into engineering, astrophysics, chemical physics, nanotechnology, renewable energy and more, the opportunities are endless.

A Level Physics helped me prepare for my Bachelor’s degree, as it gave me the basic understanding of electronics which I was able to build upon at university.

Additional Information

What you need to know

A large proportion of your studies will involve maths and as such, you must be mathematically competent to be able to study physics.

Physics students should have a keen inquisitive mind and an appreciation of how science works. The ability to link previous studies to unfamiliar contexts is key.

Students will require GCSE Maths at grade B or above to apply for this subject. If you have studied three separate GCSE sciences you will also need a B grade in Chemistry. If you studied GCSE Dual Award Science you will need grade BB.

Suggested reading

In order to stay in touch with modern physics developments and review past achievements, we would recommend further reading through journals and websites. Below are some examples:

We would also recommend the following text books:

A-level Physics for AQA Student Book
AQA A Level Physics Year 1 Student Book
CGP Head start to A Level Physics
CGP A-Level Physics for AQA: Year 1 & AS Student Book

Subject pathway

All science subjects will complement A Level Physics and students are strongly encouraged to study A Level Maths. As well as supporting each other in skill development, there are also areas of content overlap, such as in mechanics. An academic background rooted in science is applicable to many courses and careers.

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