Exam Board: AQA


Why A level Physics?


Physics is an exploration of rules describing the behaviour of matter and energy on every scale – from the interaction of subatomic particles such as quarks, to the motion of objects, to the evolution of stars, galaxies and the universe. Discoveries and inventions have transformed our lives, fuelling the modern technological revolution. In physics, the sky is certainly not the limit: the potential is limitless!



What will you study?

Mechanics (Newtonian laws), materials and waves, electrons and photons, particles, quantum phenomena, electricity and astrophysics or engineering physics. Data handling, use of formulae and numerical relationships.



University degrees that require or often prefer Physics include:

Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Optometry, Geology, Materials Science, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Physiotherapy and Computing.

Possible careers:

Directly related: Sound engineer, therapeutic or diagnostic radiologist, satellite engineer, medical physicist, aeronautical engineer, research scientist, geophysicist, nuclear engineer and nanotechnologist

Further afield: Meteorologist, product development scientist, technical author, defence industry, manufacturing, business management e.g. in energy sector, commerce and accountancy.

Entry requirements:

Minimum grade 6 in the Physics paper for GCSE Combined Science or Triple Science Physics.


Grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics due to high maths content and grade 6 in English Language.

'Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.'

Carl Sagan