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Awarding body: Edexcel
Specification number: 9PH0

Entry requirements

It is essential that you achieve a grade 6 or higher in Additional Science or Physics GCSE. You should also have achieved a grade 6 or higher in Maths at GCSE. It is useful although not essential if you also take Maths to A level but you definitely need a good positive attitude to study. 

Course content

Mechanics, waves, quantum physics, electricity and magnetism, matter & molecules, nuclear and particle physics and working as a physicist.


The assessment comprises of 3 exams and a practical endorsement pass or fail.

  • Advanced Physics I – covering mechanics, electricity & magnetism and nuclear & particle physics
  • 1 hour 45 minute paper making up 30% of the grade


  • Advanced Physics II – covering waves, quantum physics, matter & molecules
  • 1 hour 45 minute paper making up 30% of the grade


  • General and Practical Principles in Physics – covering all topics
  • 2 hours 30 minute exam making up 40% of the grade


All exams will be sat at the end of year 13 as we will be following the full A-level route.

Why Science at Samuel Ryder Academy?

Physics is a fundamental science subject and the key to understanding the world around us and the world beyond us. Physics is the study of matter, energy, force and motion, which can challenge our imagination and lead to world-changing discoveries such as lasers and computers.

The Edexcel course has been developed for students who wish to continue with a study of Physics after GCSE. The course content is interesting and up-to-date, including aspects of the subject more relevant for progression, such as optics. Topics taught in the early part of the course cover fundamental areas of physics, such as forces, waves and electricity; and later topics build on what has come before to give students a broad knowledge base for assessment, and for progression to further study and the workplace.

The subject is taught by an experienced specialist physics teacher with 100% students achieving A*-B grade in recent years. The physics department has an excellent range of specialist equipment allowing students to develop their practical skills to a high level.

Expectations of students

Students are expected to practise the problem solving techniques covered in class as part of their private study.   Students will also need to read around topics and be able to work independently.

Career paths

Physics A level will prepare students to progress into further education, to follow courses in Physics, Engineering, one of the other sciences or related subjects, or to enter employment where a knowledge of physics would be useful; all types of engineering and applied science carers, teaching, many non-scientific careers which require skills in analysis, logic, data handling, numeracy presentation, IT, precision and practical techniques.

How to apply

An application form can be obtained from the Head of Sixth From . Once your application has been processed you will be invited to discuss your subject choices with the Head of Sixth Form.