Science - Physics


KS5: The course is designed to cover the needs of future specialists, engineers and those who require physics for other careers. It involves considerable thinking skills and problem solving and the emphasis is on the understanding of principles.

Key Stage 5

In Year 1 physics students study forces and motion, deformation of solids, electricity and fundamental particles, wave properties, and quantum physics.

The Year 2 course includes more detailed study of motion and interactions between moving objects, including circular motion and oscillations, the effects of gravitational, electric and magnetic fields, thermal physics, nuclear physics, and medical physics.

Changes to the A-level Physics specification for first teaching in September 2015 are primarily aimed at improving investigation and laboratory skills. The course content will therefore be further assessed with more practical work and students will benefit from greater hands on experience of lab equipment and techniques.


The A Level exams are now linear so all students will sit their exams at the end of Year 13. If they successfully complete the practical requirements of the course, they will also obtain practical endorsement of their A Level. Students will sit three papers, all of which are two hours long.

Careers Links

A level physics could lead to a career in research (nanotechnology, new materials, space exploration, etc.), engineering (electronics, vehicles, buildings, etc.), medical applications (e.g. radiography, development of artificial joints), telecommunications and computing (e.g. hardware and software design, control of manufacturing processes). Physics is a requirement for the study of physical sciences and engineering to degree level.–postgrad/your-future/page_64487.html#gref

Subject Staff

Mr D. Rowley

Mr S. Wilkinson

Mr P. Batley