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Physics at Edgbaston College  

Physics is the natural science that studies matter, its motion and behaviour through space and time, and the related entities of energy and force. Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, and its main goal is to understand how the universe behaves


Unit Modules Weighting Length
Paper 1

Sections 1–5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)

34% 2h
Paper 2

Sections 6.2
(Thermal Physics), 7 and 8

Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1

34% 2h
Paper 3

Section A: Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis

Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13

32% 2h

Good Subject Combinations

For most science and engineering courses at top universities, both A level Physics and Maths are required, with A level Further Maths also preferred alongside this combination. Biology and Chemistry are also commonly studied with Physics, especially if you are thinking of pursuing a science degree at university

Future Prospects

Physics can develop your understanding of core topics relevant to many areas of science, such as astronomy, computational and experimental physics. Furthermore, a Physics qualification can build transferrable skills, such as problem solving, reasoning and data analysis, which are valued by all employers. Therefore, studying Physics gives you an advantage in most science careers, such as engineering, research and even in Medicine/Dentistry.

Frequently Asked Questions


Can Physics be completed in one year?

Yes. This is typically done when:

  • Students who are retaking their A-Levels
  • Students who wish to complete the course in one intensive year  

Do you offer other exam boards for Retake students?

We try our best to cater for all student needs. Please contact admissions for further information.