Hartlepool Sixth Form College


AS / A2 Physics

Physics is the most basic of all the sciences. It seeks to understand the laws and properties of matter as well as the forces acting upon it.

As learners progress through the course they will build on their knowledge of the laws of Physics, applying their understanding to solve problems on topics ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe. For A level only, the Practical Endorsement will also support the development of practical skills.

A Level Physics Linear Course

Content is split into six teaching modules:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

Module 2 – Foundations of physics

Module 3 – Forces and motion

Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons

Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics

Module 6 – Particles and medical physics


Modelling physics (01) 100 marks 2 hours 15 minutes written paper - 37%

Exploring physics (02) 100 marks 2 hours 15 minutes written paper - 37%

Unified physics (03) 70 marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper - 26%


Nearly all students who complete the A level Physics course go on to enter higher education. Engineering is the largest destination followed by science degrees. Other students embark on a wide range of courses from accountancy to philosophy.