Physics A Level

Please note, this course information is for September 2021 entry.
The new admissions cycle for September 2022 entry will open in October 2021, and we recommend you check back for updates to course information.

Physics is the study of how the Universe works, what it is made of, how it started and where it is going, with topics ranging from Particle Physics to Cosmology. The course will give you a broad and analytical understanding of the fundamental physical principles.

During the course, you will study the application of Physics theory along with the skills of problem solving, analytical, logical and creative thinking, and the application of mathematical skills to Physics problems and communication skills when explaining physical processes. The ability to analyse and interpret data will also be developed.

The first year of the course will cover Particle Physics, Quantum Phenomena, Electricity, Mechanics, Materials and Waves. During the second year, you will consider Fields (Electric, Gravitational and Magnetic), Capacitors, Radioactivity, Nuclear Energy, Thermodynamics and Astrophysics.

A range of teaching approaches will be used to develop your independent study & research skills including presentations, group work and self-evaluation activities. Weekly activities will include discussion of theory, work on derivation sheets & practice questions and usually a practical investigation.

This course is ideal if you like applying mathematical concepts and logical thinking to solving problems and enjoy learning through practical work.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by written examinations.

During the course, twelve practical tasks set by the exam board must be completed over the duration of the course. These, along with the weekly practical activities, give evidence for the five practical competencies needed to gain the Certificate of Practical Competency.

What do I need?

You will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 and 3 at Grade 5.

In addition, you will need to achieve Grade 6 in Double or Triple Science & Higher Maths.

Retaking GCSE English as part of your programme is required if you do not have Grade 4.

Where can it take me?

You can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses, including Engineering HNC and Teaching. Alternatively, you could consider a degree in
a related subject, such as Physics, Engineering, Medical Physics, Optometry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Law, Finance, Veterinary Science, Radiography or Information Technology/Telecommunications.

Additional information

Physics A Level combines well with Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Maths, Engineering and Computer Science. Given the extensive mathematical content of this course, A Level Mathematics must be one of the options taken.

This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in Science R&D, Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Automotive, Aerospace, Civil etc.), Civil Service (Scientific Officer), Medical Science, Chartered Surveying, Telecommunications, Teaching and the Armed Services.

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