Choosing Physics

The study of Physics is about matter and energy, forces and fields, waves and particles, space and time. In this subject, students study what makes the universe work.

The Intermediate level expands on the SEC level content and introduces some new topics, like capacitors and electric fields.

At Advanced level students delve deeply into the subject and learn how to obtain and analyse data from experimental work. New topics like capacitors and quantum theory are introduced, while other topics are expanded and explored more thoroughly.

Special Considerations

  • *Maths SEC Paper A covers topics which are used at Physics A Level. Hence students who sit for Paper B will struggle with some topics if Physics is chosen at A Level.
  • Intermediate/Advanced Physics cannot be taken with Intermediate Environmental Science.

Recommended Textbooks

Advanced

  • Advanced Physics, Tom Duncan; ISBN 9780719576690
  • Advanced Level Physics Q&A, Martin P. Farrell; 9789995752217ISBN
  • A Dictionary of Physics, Jonathan Law and Richard Rennie; ISBN 9780198821472

Intermediate

  • Intermediate Physics, Martin P. Farrell; ISBN 9789995774967
  • A Dictionary of Physics, Jonathan Law and Richard Rennie; ISBN 9780198821472

Further Studies/Career Opportunities

  • University of Malta
  • MCAST
  • Institute of Tourism Studies

You can study Physics at:

Course Prerequisites Duration Lessons Practical/Tutorial Sessions
Advanced Level

Physics SEC Level, preferably grade 4 or better in Maths SEC (paper 2A) *

2 years 5 lessons per week

1 tutorial per week 1 practical (2 lessons) per week

Intermediate Level

A minimum of grade 5 at SEC Level (MQF Level 3) is required

2 years 3 lessons per week  N/A
Refresher (Advanced)

Students must have previously completed the two-year course in any institution

1 year 5 lessons per week

1 tutorial per week and/or 2 practical sessions per week

Refresher (Intermediate)

Students must have previously completed the two-year course in any institution

1 year 3 lessons per week

N/A