A Level

Course Entry Requirements

Five A* – C grades at GCSE including a grade 5/C in GCSE English Language.

A minimum of a grade B in either GCSE Physics, Chemistry or Biology or a double B in General Science. A minimum of a grade 6/B in GCSE Mathematics, BTEC Level 2 Distinction may qualify.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2018, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2019 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.

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What will I study?


In the first year you will study three modules. The foundations of physics covers the basic skills needed to study physics at advanced level.  The Forces and motion module looks at how objects move and what causes this to happen. It also looks at how materials behave under stress.

The module Electrons, Waves & Particles looks at basic electrical circuits, different types of waves and how these scientific models can be used to describe the world around us.


In the second year you will study two modules called the Newtonian World and Frontiers of Modern Physics. The Newtonian World develops the work from the first year in mechanics including how objects rotate and oscillate backwards and forwards. It also looks at how gases behave and how heat energy effect materials. Frontiers of Modern Physics introduce the ideas of Electromagnetism, Capacitors and Radioactivity. You will then study three areas where the physics you have studied are used, Medical Imaging, Particle Physics and Astro Physics.

What skills do I need?

  • Good time management.
  • Determination and persistence – there will be times when you are likely to find it difficult and it might take more time than you’re used to for a full understanding.
  • Initiative – if you’re stuck, come and find someone in the Science department for some help.

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Why should I study this course?

If you’re interested in the study of matter, energy and the interaction between them, bring out your inventive and industrious nature with A Level Physics.

This is one of the most useful courses to study, because most jobs and university courses involve Physics in some way! Even if it’s not the exact science that you will learn on this course, employers and university lecturers know that you will have the ability to look at problems and challenges and find solutions. You will also get the opportunity to participate in a University of Hull curriculum enhancement project on the astrophysics of star birth and death.

How is the course assessed?

You will take 3 examinations at the end of year two based on the full two years of work. These are the only examinations that count towards the final A level grade. There will also be a practical endorsement qualification which will be assessed on your practical work throughout the two years.

What will this course prepare me for?

Physics is a necessity for study of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering courses. It is also a recommended course for those who wish to study Maths, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary studies and most medical courses in Higher Education. It is an extremely well regarded subject as it shows you have the skills to analyse problems, prepare and implement solutions. It will help develop an analytical mind and most employers and universities really respect and look for these skills.

Private Study

As with other A Level courses in college, the expectation in A Physics is that you would do 3-4 hours of Physics study per week in your own time. Homework is set on a weekly basis and is marked promptly, so that you always have a good understanding of your progress.

What materials will I need to provide?

The only things we ask you to bring are standard stationery items: a pen, a pencil and a ruler will do! You will also need your own scientific calculator as this enables you to develop the skills needed to use your own calculator.

How will I be taught?

You will have 5 hours of Physics on your timetable and will have one teacher in the first year and a single teacher in the second year. The lessons have a lot of creative ideas in them and there is a really good mixture of individual work, paired work and group work. We have a regular textbook, but lessons are practical and develop ideas from observations made from practical experiments.

A Level Physics is for you if:

… you are interested in Physics or if you simply enjoy it! If you have an interest in progressing onto university on any of the courses listed above, then A Level Physics will either be a ‘must have it requirement’ or ‘would be useful if you had it’.