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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • Two GCSE Sciences at grades 6,6 or above, to include Physics if studied as a separate GCSE.
  • GSCE Mathematics should be at grade 6 or above.
  • An average GCSE score above 5.7.



Exam board: AQA

100%Pass rate 80% A*-C 40% progressed to a Russell Group University

This course aims to develop your interest and enthusiasm for Physics. The topics covered will inspire and nurture your passion for Physics, laying the groundwork for further study in science or engineering. You will also develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works, such as the particles and processes involved in the Large Hadron Collider. It is strongly recommended that A-level Mathematics should be taken with this course. Students who are not taking an A-level in maths will be required to enrol on a maths course.



A-level Physics Open Event Presentation

Course Content First Year


Measurements and their errors


Particles and radiation




Mechanics and materials



Course Content Second Year


Further mechanics and thermal processes


Fields and their consequences


Nuclear physics



Topics 1- 9 are assessed in three written exam papers each lasting 2.0 hours. Students will complete a range of practical activities and the knowledge and understanding of these will be assessed within the written exams.

Meet the Science teachers and students

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The course is tutored by well-qualified staff. The approach is active and practical wherever possible. There is a mix of individual and group work.

Methods of Assessment

The course is entirely assessed by written examination at the end of each course. Students will complete a range of practical activities; the knowledge and understanding of these will be assessed within the written exams. Practical skills will also be assessed by teacher observation in class for the A-level qualification.


Support for students is provided by the Learning Resource Centre and within the department, where there is access to a small Physics library, the Internet and a wide range of specialist Physics apparatus.


The problem solving, communication and mathematical skills required to achieve an A-level in Physics make it an excellent qualification for a range of careers. Typical careers include physics and astrophysics, research, apprenticeships, finance, engineering, medicine, veterinary, meteorology, renewable energy, cybersecurity, gaming design, artificial intelligence, to name a few.


There are numerous enrichment opportunities for Physics students at St Brendan's including University Masterclasses, visiting speakers and Science Trips.

Physics students from St Brendan’s visit the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

Physics students from St Brendan’s visit the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

Jack Gallop

Jack Gallop