Highgrove Education

A level Physics

The International A level in Physics is your launchpad to understanding the fundamental forces that govern our world. In the AS level, you’ll delve into mechanics, materials, waves, and electricity, uncovering the secrets of motion, light, and circuits. As you advance to the A2 level, you’ll explore further mechanics, electric and magnetic fields, nuclear physics, and the thrilling realms of thermodynamics and cosmology. The core practical experiments of the International A level are covered in depth within the course, and assessed via examination paper. From the tiniest particles to the vast cosmos, this qualification empowers you to decode the secrets of the universe.
A level Physics

Key Information

What you’ll study

Entry Requirements

Assessment Information

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
QualificationInternational AS Physics, International A level Physics
Exam board Edexcel
Exams availableJanuary, June and October

Online school, full time or individual courses

Course length1 year AS Physics, then 1 year A level Physics
Weekly study time2 x 45-minute live lessons, 5 x 45-minute self-study lessons, 1 x 45-minute teacher-marked homework
Class sizeMaximum 10
Course start September

Individual Tutoring

Recommended Approximately 100 x 45-minute individual tutoring lessons, 260 x 45-minute self-study lessons, 50 x 45-minute teacher-marked homework. Pace and level of commitment determined by individual needs.
Course start Flexible

AS Level

Unit 1: Mechanics and Materials
  • Mechanics
  • Materials
Unit 2: Waves and Electricity
  • Waves and Particle Nature of Light
  • Electric Circuits
Unit 3: Practical Skills in Physics I
  • Understanding of procedures and techniques from practical experiments covered in units 1 and 2

A2 Level

Unit 4: Further Mechanics, Fields and Particles
  • Further Mechanics
  • Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
Unit 5: Thermodynamics, Radiation, Oscillations and Cosmology
  • Thermodynamics
  • Nuclear Decay
  • Oscillations
  • Astrophysics and Cosmology
Unit 6: Practical Skills in Physics II
  • Understanding of procedures and techniques from practical experiments covered in units 4 and 5

For more information take a look at the Edexcel International Physics A level Specification: click here


  • A pass in the Highgrove Online School admissions test for Physics A level


  • A minimum grade 7 in GCSE Maths and either Double Science or Physics, and a strong set of GCSE grades, including several at grade 7 or above.

Year 12 International AS

3 Exams
Paper 1Mechanics and Materials (90 minutes). 40% of the total of AS, 20% of the total of A level
Paper 2Waves and Electricity (90 minutes). 40% of the total of AS, 20% of the total of A level
Paper 3Practical Skills in Physics I (80 minutes). 20% of the total of AS, 10% of the total of A level

Year 13 International A level

3 Exams
Paper 4Further Mechanics, Fields and Particles (105 minutes). 20% of the total of A level.
Paper 5 Thermodynamics, Radiation, Oscillations and Cosmology (105 minutes). 20% of the total of A level.
Paper 6 Practical Skills in Physics II (80 minutes). 10% of the total of A level.

Progression to University

A Physics A level is essential for a wide array of university courses, including physics, astrophysics, engineering (electrical, mechanical, aerospace), computer science, mathematics, and natural sciences. It’s often a prerequisite for pursuing degrees in physics-related fields and opens doors to careers in research, technology, and industries like aerospace, telecommunications, and energy. Additionally, a Physics A level is valuable for courses in architecture, environmental science, and geophysics, as it equips students with strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Whether aiming to become a physicist, engineer, data scientist, or researcher, a Physics A level provides a solid foundation for diverse academic and professional pathways in the sciences.

Pupils taking Physics at A level are recommended to take Mathematics as an accompanying A level, as this will support them with the mathematical elements of the course.

We also offer the following A levels

Our core A level subjects are taught in group classes via a combination of interactive self-study lessons and live lessons led by an expert teacher: 

We have an even wider selection of A levels available via our independent learning and tutoring programmes, including: