Physics A Level - 9702



This subject is equivalent to a subject on the ‘approved list’ for University Entrance.

Recommended Background:

Students must have completed Physics AS with Grade C or above. A student not meeting this standard will need the permission from the Faculty Head of Science.

Course Description:

Physics involves investigating and understanding physical phenomena such as energy, forces and motion and how they are intricately linked. Studying Physics enables students to understand and critically think about aspects of the physical world and how they interact with each other. Knowing about Physics enables people to understand a wide range of contemporary issues/challenges such as energy production and transportation. It also generates potential technological solutions. The 13PYC course is the second half of the A level course, and follows on from the separate AS course. Students will learn more advanced Physics in this course, and will be very well prepared for university level Physics study following completion of this course. The course topic areas are covered in some depth by teachers expert in the field, with students gaining a strong understanding of the underlying principles of many specialised areas of Physics that are used worldwide at present. They will also be able to understand advances made in theoretical and experimental research by large international collaborative teams. The final overall A level Physics mark is 50% from the AS course, and 50% from this course.


  • Motion in a Circle
  • Gravitation Field
  • Ideal Gases
  • Temperature
  • Thermal Properties of Materials
  • Oscillations
  • Capacitance
  • Magnetic Fields
  • Electromagnetism
  • Electromagnetic Induction
  • Alternating Currents
  • Charged Particles
  • Quantum Physics
  • Nuclear Physics


Paper 43 Core External Compulsory Weighting: 38%
Paper 53 Practical External Compulsory Weighting: 12%
Papers 13, 23 & 35 c/f AS Mark External Compulsory Weighting: 50%