At a glance


Course title                                Physics

Entry requirement                     Level 5 in Triple Science or 5-5 in Combined Science. Level 5 in Maths

Exam board                               AQA (

Why study Physics?

Physics is about understanding how the world works. Physicists use imagination as much as mathematics to explain mysteries of the universe! Studying physics will help you to understand all manner of things, from atoms to aeroplanes, robots to radios and from greenhouses to galaxies.

Course content

• The nucleus including particles, antiparticles and photons; hadrons and leptons; the quark model
• Quantum phenomena including photoelectricity, wave particle duality, energy levels and photon emission
• Electricity
• Mechanics, including motion along a straight line, projectile motion, Newton’s laws of motion, energy and power
• Properties of materials, including density and the Young modules and waves
• Gravitation and electrostatics
• Magnetism
• Circular motion
• Nuclear and thermal physics
• Medical physics


You should be aware that 30% of the marks are maths based questions.