A Level Physics Entry Requirements
Although the A Level Physics programmes build on the course content of GCSE, it is not necessary to have this qualification before undertaking an A-Level. However, in order to meet the demands of the course, it is recommended that candidates have literacy and communication skills equivalent to C or higher at GCSE. Please note that full tutor support is still provided throughout your course duration.
All students must be 16 years of age or above.
A Level Physics Course Duration
Study Hours Required
Approximately 350 hours.
Edexcel A Levels are available for study anywhere in the world. Examinations can be taken at any registered examination centre in the world. It is recommended students check with examining centres that the chosen exam is available.
Students are required to arrange and pay for their A Level Physics examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.
All examinations are held during the May / June exam period of every year.
A Level Physics Course Content
A Level Physics Topics covered are:
Mechanics, Waves, Materials, Electric Circuits, The Particle Nature of Light, Further Mechanics, Gravitational Fields, Electric Fields, Magnetic Fields, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Oscillations, Thermodynamics, Space and Nuclear Radiation.
A Level Physics Practicals
The A-Level can now be reported as a “Grade with practical endorsement” or a “Grade without practical endorsement.” This part of the course DOES NOT impact on the final A-Level grade, but omitting this element may lead to being rejected by universities – students will have to check with their chosen or desired universities the ramifications of an A-Level without practical endorsement.
A Level Physics Assessment
The whole course is assessment objectives based and combines a number of learning outcome expectations. The assessment objective weightings for the A level award are as follows:
AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures. 31%-33%
AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures in both a theoretical and practical context and when handling qualitative and quantitative data. 41% – 43%
AO3: Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues, to make judgements and reach conclusions and develop and refine practical design and procedures. 25% – 27%.
The A level is assessed at the end of the course in June of the final year. There are three exams,
Exam 1: 1 hour 45 minutes
Exam 2: 1 hour 45 minutes
Exam 3: 2 hours 30 minutes In addition, 12-16 Core Practicals need to be taken for the Science Practical Endorsement.
Our A Level Physics programmes are eligible for UCAS points, making them a great choice for students aiming to progress to University. UCAS points are awarded according to the grade earned, please see below for details.
A levels are also widely recognised by employers and are useful for students looking to progress their careers or meet requirements for promotion.
UCAS Points Table
A* = 56
A = 48
B = 40
C = 32
D = 24
E = 16