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Physics A Level

Level 3
A Level
Two years
Telephone: 01792 890700 (Gorseinon)


This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of physics principles and their applications. 

In AS Physics there are two themed units: 

Unit 1: Motion, Energy and Matter 

This unit covers the topics of basic physics, kinematics, dynamics, energy concepts, solids 

under stress, using radiation to investigate stars and particles and nuclear structure. 

Unit 2: Electricity and Light 

This unit covers conduction of electricity, resistance, D.C. circuits, the nature of waves, wave properties, refraction of light, photons and lasers. 

In A level Physics there are a further two themed units which are assessed at the end of the second year of study. 

Unit 3: Oscillations and Nuclei 

This unit covers the topics of circular motion, vibrations, kinetic theory, thermal physics, nuclear decay and nuclear energy. 

Unit 4: Fields and Options 

This unit covers capacitance, electrostatic and gravitational fields of force, orbits and the 

wider universe, magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction. At GCS we teach the physics of sport option.  

Key information

  • A minimum of seven GCSEs at grades A*-C, 
  • To include grade B in English Language, Mathematics (higher tier) and Science.


Theory, problem solving and practical work. 


AS: two written exams: 

  • Unit 1: 20% (50% of AS qualification) 
  • Unit 2: 20% (50% of AS qualification).

A2: Two written exams and practical examination: 

  • Unit 3: 25% 
  • Unit 4: 25% 
  • Unit 5 (practical exam): 10%.

Physics is the fast track to the widest range of opportunities. Employers rate a physics qualification so highly because they recognise you as intelligent, logical and practical. 

A Level Physics is a useful and, more often, essential qualification for any technical or scientific course at university, for example Physics, Medical Physics, Material Science, Astronomy, Medicine, Climate Science, Engineering, Architecture, Computer Science, Quantum Computing.