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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.

Physics students will study the interactions between matter, space, time and energy from the smallest scale of sub-atomic particles to the scale of the entire universe.




First Year


Measurements and their errors.


Particles and radiation




Mechanics and materials



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; and 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 Master classes, 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

Latest News

Physics student named 'Rolls Royce Apprentice of the Year'

A St Brendan's Physics student, who graduated from College just last year, has  recently achieved the prestigious 'Rolls Royce Apprentice of the Year' Award and we couldn't be more proud! Read more here.

Student grabs Gold whilst detecting cosmic rays

Congratulations to St Brendan’s student Kate Taylor who has recently been awarded a Gold CREST certificate for her innovative achievements. Kate worked hard to create a cloud chamber to detect charged particles from cosmic rays and radioactive sources. She built her creation using a fish tank and tested it with dry ice, alcohol and radioactive sources. Kate undertook her project over several months as part of the British Science Association award scheme and developed her work with little support. She received an excellent review from the CREST Coordinator for this well-earned and prestigious award. Kate is aptly going on the study Physics at University next year, where further exciting experiments await!