Physics Edexcel A level

Physicists look for all the hidden laws that explain why all matter (that’s every physical thing) and energy in the known universe exists, where it comes from and how it behaves the way it does. Physics will help you to build up your problem solving, research, and analytical skills. With these skills you’ll be able to test out new ideas plus question and investigate other people’s theories, which is useful for any kind of job that involves research or debate. 


(refer to specification linked below for more details)

Paper 1: Advanced Physics I

Assessment is 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of the total qualification

Sections 1–5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)

 Working as a Physicist ● Mechanics ● Electric Circuits ● Further Mechanics ● Electric and Magnetic Fields ● Nuclear and Particle Physics Salters

 Working as a Physicist ● Higher, Faster, Stronger (HFS) ● Technology in Space (SPC) (except items 70 and 92–95) ● Digging up the Past (DIG) (except items 83–87) ● Transport on Track (TRA) ● The Medium is the Message (MDM) ● Probing the Heart of Matter (PRO)

Paper 2: Advanced Physics II

Externally assessed, Assessment is 1 hour 45 minutes,  30% of the total qualification

Working as a Physicist • Materials • Waves and Particle Nature of Light • Thermodynamics • Space • Nuclear Radiation • Gravitational Fields • Oscillations Salters

Working as a Physicist ● The Sound of Music (MUS) ● Good Enough to Eat (EAT) ● Technology in Space (SPC) (only items 70 and 92–95) ● Digging up the Past (DIG) (only items 83–87) ● Spare-Part Surgery (SUR) ● Build or Bust? (BLD) ● Reach for the Stars (STA)

Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Physics

Assessment is 2 hours 30 minutes

Questions in this paper may draw on any of the topics in this specification. ● The paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics. ● The paper will include questions that assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods (indirect practical skills) that will draw on students’ experiences of the core practicals