Physics (A-Level)

You will already be familiar with many of the topics that you will study at Physics A-Level, including forces, waves, radioactivity, electricity and magnetism. At A-level, you will look at these areas in more detail and find out how they are interconnected. You will also learn how to apply maths to real-world problems and explore new areas such as particle physics, cosmology and medical physics.

Perhaps more importantly, you will develop skills that can be transferred to just about any other area of work, from setting up a business to saving the planet. Even if you don’t go on to become a physicist, learning to think like one will help you get to the root of any problem and draw connections that aren’t obvious to others. Physics won’t give you all the answers, but it will teach you how to ask the right questions.

Here at the UTC you will receive high quality teaching in small classes, meaning that you will be given the focused attention needed in order to thrive in the subject. You will also have hands on experience and will complete lots of practical work using our new state of the art equipment. You will see first-hand how A-Level Physics links directly with Engineering and the work completed by our industry partners. All together this will give you the head start you need to succeed in your further studies or the world of work, whether in physics or beyond.


The A-Level Physics specification can be found here.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE grade 6+ in maths and physics or
  • GCSE grade 6+ in maths, science and additional science
  • Students need to study Level 3 Maths alongside this course
  • Strong performance in exams over coursework is an advantage


A-Level Physics is a highly valued qualification, particularly if you are looking for a career in scientific research and manufacturing, or engineering. More information on careers in Physics can be found here.

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