A level Physics (UK)

Why study A level Physics (UK)?

A level Physics gives you the opportunity to explore the phenomena of the universe, with theories that explain what is observed, and practical experiments to test those ideas. You will learn about everything from kinematics to cosmology, and many recent developments in fascinating topics, such as particle physics. If you are interested in the limits of space, the beginning of time and everything in between, this is the subject for you. Physics is more than a subject – it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries.

A level Physics is a mixture of highly conceptual thinking and very practical applications. You need to be able to think about abstract ideas such as fields, but be able to apply those ideas to how, for instance, electric motors work. Getting accurate results from experiments requires competence in using equipment. Calculations are an important part of A level Physics and you need to be comfortable with basic algebra. At the same time descriptive work requires you to communicate clearly in writing. Much of what you learn in Physics will complement A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Physics is a highly respected A level. A good grade in A level Physics demonstrates to an employer that you have strong analytical and mathematical skills that you can apply to many real-life situations. There are many possible career paths that it will create for you, like Science (many branches), Engineering, Medicine, Forensics, Electronics, Computing and IT, Finance and many more.

Note that our experienced University Services Adviser can advise on A level courses and all aspects of university entrance including application support and references.


Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

We offer a wide range of A level courses.

A level Physics

What do I need to know to enrol?

A level Physics (UK) is open only to students based within the UK.

It builds directly on the work you will have done for IGCSE or GCSE in the subject. Grade B or 6 in both Physics and Maths at IGCSE or the equivalent is required before starting on A level Physics.

Due to the advanced level of Mathematics required, and the overlap between the two subjects at A level, we strongly recommend that you take A level Maths alongside A level Physics.

We also require that all A level students have IGCSE English Language at Grade C/4 or above.

The syllabus and exam

The A level Physics (UK) course will prepare you for the Edexcel Advanced level syllabus, 8PH0 (for the standalone AS qualification) or 9PH0 (for the full A level). Exams take place in May and June.

AS level

Paper 1

Core Physics I (code 8PH0/01) worth 50% of your overall AS grade. 80 marks. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

Paper 2

Core Physics II (code 8PH0/02) worth 50% of your overall AS grade. 80 marks. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

A level

For the full A level in Physics, you will take the following 3 papers in the same exam series:

Paper 1

Advanced Physics I (code 9PH0/01) worth 30% of your overall A level grade. 90 marks. (1 hour and 45 minutes)

Paper 2

Advanced Physics II (code 9PH0/02) worth 30% of your overall A level grade. 90 marks. (1 hour and 45 minutes)

Paper 3

General and Practical Principles in Physics (code 9PH0/03) worth 40% of your overall A level grade. 120 marks. (2 hours and 30 minutes). Questions in this paper may draw on any of the topics in the syllabus.

All of our A level courses include a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your Tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

A level Physics (UK) now contains a separate Practical Endorsement. This is a minimum of 12 practical activities need to be carried out by each student to show competence in the 12 practical techniques listed in the syllabus.  

The result of the Practical Endorsement (either ‘pass’ or ‘fail’) is reported separately on the A level certificate, in addition to the overall grade for theory.  

You will find a list here of the UK exam centres offering the Practical Endorsement. You may take the written exam at the centre where you take your practical endorsement, but you are not obliged to do so. 

Course samples

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Katy Oatridge

Subjects: Chemistry, Physics

James McCue

Subjects: Physics, Science

Christi Brasher

Subjects: Physics

Antal Koos

Subjects: Physics

Vanessa Cheel

Subjects: Physics

Marcus Simmons

Subjects: Maths, Physics
We made a giant leap just over a year ago when we decided to enrol our 11 year old daughter in Year 7 with Wolsey Hall. We had no idea what to expect and were quite apprehensive. She has just started Year 8 with Wolsey Hall as we were so blown away with how her first year went. The quality of teaching is exceptional, the work is interesting and perfect in terms of quantity and variety. The system is so easy to use and everyone we deal with is lovely, knowledgable and professional. I honestly cannot find one negative and I recommend Wolsey Hall to anyone considering home schooling (it actually made me want to start my school journey again – and that’s saying something!).
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My son Victor received the Cambridge Outstanding Learner Award 2018 in China, for his 95% AS Level Maths result! We had a great time at the ceremony. Victor is obviously the youngest award winner as he skipped two years of Maths in school. The other winners for AS or A Level are either at Year 13 or studying at University level already! The IGCSE subject award winners were already in Year 12, whilst Victor is only in Year 11. I hope he will get more awards next year, with his IGCSE subjects and A Level Maths.
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Lisa Kuo, A level Homeschooling Parent

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We have had a beautiful journey with Wolsey this year and it’s amazing how Chirayu has turned out to be an independent child taking ownership of his studies. I would like to thank each one of his tutors and you for the immense support, incredible guidance and continuous patience. Thank you Wolsey and thank you Sarah and the whole team of tutors that assisted and guided Chirayu!
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