Science Students



Physics allows you to appreciate how fundamental science works. It is problem solving on both the largest and the smallest scale imaginable. Physicists use the laws they uncover to develop new materials, machinery, and technology to improve our lives and help us explore the universe further, from computers to telescopes and spacecraft.

Entry Requirements

Taking Double Award Science? You will need at least grade 6/6.

Taking Triple Award Science? You will need at least grade 6 in the science(s) you wish to study.

Students will also need GCSE Maths at grade 6 or higher.


Learning & Assessment

Modules / Topics

First Year content:

  • Forces and motion
  • Electricity
  • Waves
  • Quantum Physics
  • The particle world

Second year content:

  • Circular motion
  • Simple harmonic motion
  • Gravitational fields
  • Electric fields
  • Magnetic fields and Induction
  • Thermal Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Radiation
  • Option topic available

Trips / Visits / Enrichment

Guest speakers arranged in conjunction with Durham and Northumbria university. Trips that have taken place in the past include Northumbria and Durham University Laboratories as well as external visits to power stations.


There is no coursework, although your performance during practical work will be assessed and you will need to keep a lab book as a record of your work.

There are three exams at the end of the two years and at least 15% of the marks are based on what you learn during the practical work.

Paper 1: 2 hours 34%

Paper 2: 2 hours 34%

Paper 3: 2 hours 32%

CGP Head start to A Level physics

AQA Physics A level (AQA endorsed textbook) Institute of Physics

Physics A Level is frequently considered as a ‘required subject’ for entry onto certain degree courses which means it can be useful for accessing a wide range of university courses.

Physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including geophysicist/field seismologist, healthcare scientist, medical physics, research scientist (physical sciences), scientific laboratory technician, meteorologist, operational researcher, product/process development scientist, systems developer, technical author. You can also move into engineering, astrophysics, chemical physics, nanotechnology, renewable energy and more, the opportunities are endless.

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