Reasons to study this course

  • You can develop logical problem-solving skills, carry out practical work, and apply your knowledge to the real
  • We will make the course an enjoyable challenge through a variety of teaching and learning activities.
  • Physics students are particularly valued by industry and universities for the varied skills they have

What you will need to study this course

  • minimum grade 5.5 in GCSE Science and 5 in English Language
  • minimum grade 6 in GCSE Maths
  • AS Maths is strongly recommended and essential to progress to the full A-Level Physics

What you will study

Mechanics, electricity, waves, particles and radiation as part of the AS course. At A-Level you will also learn about further mechanics, nuclear structure, electric, gravitational and magnetic fields. At A-Level there’s also an optional unit, you typically study, Astrophysics.

How you will be assessed

Year 1 (AS) – two 1.5-hour exams

Year 2 (A-Level) – three two-hour exams

Both qualifications involve practical work throughout which is assessed as part of the end of course written exam papers.

Priestley Extra

We offer a variety of trips including masterclasses at Daresbury Laboratory and the opportunity to take part in the British Physics Olympiad as well as the EES Engineering Programme. We also organise a residential trip to visit CERN in Geneva.


Most of our students progress to university, taking degrees in scientific subjects or in Engineering. Others study in areas of Finance, Business and IT. A-Level Physics is valued as a robust and challenging subject and the numerical, practical and problem-solving skills you will develop are prized by employers.

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