A-Level

Physics

Study the mysteries and problems that still intrigue scientists today.

Course overview

Are you intrigued by the fundamental questions about how, and why, the world around us works the way it does? Physics A-Level is one of the most universally accepted qualifications for progression to university. The course content covers the basis of how things work, from the constituent parts of atoms out to the extent of the universe. You will integrate the concepts studied with a range of practical experiments throughout each topic giving the course both an academic and practical focus. You will learn to apply your knowledge of the key concepts to solve problems in a range of different contexts and applications.

What will I study?

During the two year course you will study well established theories and phenomena, learning how they apply in modern science. Topics covered range from Space and Nuclear and Particle physics to core mathematical concepts and techniques. You will also investigate some of the mysteries and problems that still intrigue scientists today.

Emphasis throughout the course is on developing knowledge, competence and confidence in practical skills and problem solving.

You will have the opportunity to sit an AS exam at the end of Year 1.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4.
  • Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language.
  • Grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 6-6 or above in GCSE Combined Science. If you are studying Triple Science you will need a minimum of grade 6 in Physics and grade 6 in either Biology or Chemistry
  • To study A-Level Maths alongside your Physics course.

Additional information

You will be expected to purchase a lab coat from the college for approximately £10.

What could I do next?

Physics is a traditional A-Level subject and is identified as a key qualification by Russell Group universities. It is a solid choice if you are considering a career in: medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, computing, chemistry, engineering, mathematics or architecture.

Physics will also prepare you for industry careers, such as those in engineering or electronics sectors. It is also welcomed in other degree areas and a range of employer training schemes in areas such as Financial Services and Business.

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