Physics B: Physics in Context (2455)

A-level Physics B places the subject in contemporary contexts, for example: 

  • how Physics keeps us moving
  • medical diagnosis without surgery 
  • how it's possible to create images of the invisible. 

There are six units in the specification – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by exam. There are two units that assess investigative and practical skills – these can be completed via a teacher-assessed or examiner-assessed route.

A-level Physics B builds on the concepts and skills developed in the Physics GCSE and is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Additional Science course or equivalent.

A-level consultations have been launched. Find out what this means for your subject on our Changes to A-levels page.

Related specifications

There is a choice of specifications for this subject. Please check with your teacher or exams officer if you are not sure which to select.


The last January exams for AS and A2 were in January 2013.
The exams are now only in June due to Changes to A-levels.

Codes and references

Qualification type AS and A-level
Specification title Physics B: Physics in Context
Specification code 2455
QAN codes 50025703

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