A Level Physics

Course Content

AS Physics lasts one year, with exams at the end. A-level Physics lasts two years, with exams at
the end of the second year. The table below shows the topics covered in each year.

AS and first year of A-level              Second year of A-level
Measurements and their errors  Further mechanics and thermal physics
Particles and radiation Fields
Waves Nuclear physics
Mechanics and energy Medical physics

How will students be assessed?

This course is entirely exam based. However, students’ performance during practicals will be assessed. There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Physics are based on topics learned in practical sessions. The AS has two exams at the end of the year. Both are 1 hour 30 minutes long.

Why choose A-level Physics?

Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know. They probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience.

Possible degree options: According to bestcourse4me.com, the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in Physics are: Mathematics, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Economics, Business.

Possible career options: Studying A-level Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including: Geophysicist/field seismologist, Healthcare scientist, medical physics, Higher education lecturer, Radiation protection practitioner, Research scientist (physical sciences), Scientific laboratory technician, Secondary school teacher, Meteorologist, Structural engineer, Acoustic engineer, Product/process development scientist, Systems developer, Technical author. Students can also move into engineering, astrophysics, chemical physics, nanotechnology, renewable energy and more, the opportunities are endless.


The physics department at Ruislip High School organises a number of trips and events outside school for students. In October 2015, Year 12 and Year 13 students visited CERN in Geneva and we plan to offer this trip to students every two years. The department is also working towards offering another residential trip to Space camp, USA or Iceland.
There are also many opportunities throughout the course to attend lectures at the Institute of Physics, Royal Society and universities in London.