A Level Physics

Full Time

About the course

This A Level is included as either a CORE or a RECOMMENDED subject in one of our 14 suggested A Level pathways. You can find out more about these in our Prospectus or A Level guide. However, if timetabling allows for it, you can undertake any combination of three A Levels.

Topics in Year One include: Practical Skills; Foundations of Physics; Forces and Motion; Electrons, Waves and Phontons; An introduction to Quantum Physics

Topics in Year Two include: ‘The Newtonian World and Astro Physics’; Particles and Medical Physics; Coulomb’s equation for electric fields and Faraday and Lenz’s equation for electromagnetic induction; Exponential decay in capacitators and radioactivity; How images are produced for medical applications.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.

​It is also highly recommended that you study the engineering extra course. The vast majority of the content of this course is also in A-Level Maths or A-Level Physics. As such, this course is used as an A-Level Physics support class. The course is 2 hours per week for 2 years and you gain the equivalent of half an A Level.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Physics or Additional Science at grade 6/B or GCSE grades 66 or above in combined Science. GCSE Maths at grade 6/B is also required.

Where next?

University Admissions Tutors appreciate this subject, and by gaining a high grade, you can stand above students taking A levels in other subjects. This is particularly important for degree courses where entry is fiercely competitive. Physics is essential for entry into most engineering degree courses and careers.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a work experience component but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: simon.dixon@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk