AS and A-level Physics

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Read about the changes to 2021 exams for AS and A-level Physics

  • Teaching from: September 2015
  • Exams from: June 2016 (AS), June 2017 (A-level)
  • Specification code: 7407 7408
  • QAN code: 601/4746/5; 601/4747/7

Our AS and A-level Physics specifications will help you to inspire students, nurture their passion for the subject and lay the foundations for further study and the workplace.

Our specifications allow you to choose the context and applications to bring physics to life in the way that best suits the needs of your students.

The content of the AS is identical and co-teachable to that of the first year of A-level, which gives you flexibility in planning, timetabling and resourcing. The straightforward layout clearly lists what students need to know and highlights opportunities for skills development. The option modules for A-level Physics enable students to focus on topic areas that really engage them.

Practical work is at the heart of all good science teaching, and the required practical activities will give students the opportunity to embed their skills and knowledge. The A-level practicals ensure that students are able to access the Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC)  requirements of the course.


Specification at a glance

Past papers and mark schemes

Teaching resources



Prepare for your teaching year. Information, support and services to help you deliver the specification.

All planning resources



Teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

All teaching resources



Prepare your students for assessment. Past papers, mark schemes and example answers.

All assessment resources

Key dates

  • 9 October 2020 Exam for A-level Physics Paper 1 (7408/1)
    Series: November 2020
    Start time: am
    Duration: 2h
  • 9 October 2020 Exam for AS Physics Paper 1 (7407/1)
    Series: November 2020
    Start time: am
    Duration: 1h 30m
  • 15 October 2020 Exam for A-level Physics Paper 2 (7408/2)
    Series: November 2020
    Start time: am
    Duration: 2h

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The specification has always given good coverage of a range of physics topics.

John Clinch,
Luton Sixth Form College

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