A Level

Physics attempts to explain what we see, predict what we will find in the future, and detect what has gone on in the past. From Newton and Galileo to Einstein and Hawking: where and how do their discoveries affect us in everyday life? With a practical approach and entertaining style, A Level Physics at CCSS has a very strong record of students going on to take the subject at university.

Course Overview

The first two terms of the course covers motion, forces, energy, materials, electricity, waves and quantum physics. The second year goes on to look at circular motion, simple harmonic motion, gravitation, electrostatics, capacitance, magnetism, electromagnetism, thermal physics, nuclear and particle physics, cosmology and medical imaging.

Unit Guide

You will study the following units on A Level Physics:

  • Module 1 – Development of Practical Skills in Physics
  • Module 2- Foundations of Physics
  • Module 3 – Forces and Motion
  • Module 4 – Electrons, Waves and Photons
  • Module 5 – Newtonian World and Astrophysics
  • Module 6 – Particles and Medical Physics


The A Level assessment consists of three written examinations, modelling Physics (modules 1,2,3 and 5), Exploring Physics (modules 1,2,4 and 6) and unified physics which will cover content from the whole course. Throughout the five terms the practical skills you acquire will be assessed through at least twelve internally marked practical tests set by the exam board. These will lead to a separate practical endorsement, verified by a visiting examiner from the exam board. This does not count towards the final grade, which is examination dependent.


Apart from degrees in physics (and applied fields such as space technology, medical physics, astronomy and acoustics) the most important area generally requiring A Level Physics is engineering in all its diversity: general, mechanical, civil, electrical, aeronautical and electronic. It is also useful in computing and is one of the main sciences accepted by medical, veterinary and radiology schools.

Last year, A Level Physics students progressed onto a wide range of degree programmes including –

University Degree
University of Cambridge Mathematics
Edinburgh University Artificial Intelligence
University of Oxford Materials Science
City University London Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Bath Mathematics
Manchester University Computer Systems Engineering
University College London ‘UCL’ Physics

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