Course: Physics A-Level
Sixth Form College
FT / PT
Physics will allow you to study the world around you at every level – from the smallest particle to galaxies remote in space and time. Physics A level will prepare you for a career or further study in physics, engineering, and other sciences. It is also respected as an academic subject by leading universities for degrees as diverse as law and philosophy. The theoretical topics are always related to practical applications, with the teaching of practical skills incorporated throughout the course. There is no coursework, but the practical skills are assessed separately in each year.
Exams are taken in June of Year 2. The physics course will run over two years and an A level is awarded at the end of the second year. You will be studying six modules throughout the two years including a practical endorsement that will not count towards your final grade, but be an indicator of your ability to carry out scientific procedures safely and accurately.
- Mechanics including forces, motion, work and energy
- Electrons, Waves and Photons including electric current, resistance, DC circuits, waves and quantum physics
- The Newtonian World including Newton’s laws and momentum, circular motion, simple harmonic motion, oscillations and thermal physics
- Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics including electric and magnetic fields, capacitors and exponential decay, nuclear physics, medical imaging and modelling the universe.
What We Add
State of the art laboratory facilities with the latest equipment specifically selected to match the course, such as sufficient digital oscilloscopes, for all students to gain practical experience of operation and full sets of data logging equipment which link directly to the notebook pcs. Opportunities for trips to see Physics in use in industry and the chance to hear lectures on topics; providing information on careers choices or facets of the subject which may appeal to students when looking into degree choices.
You will need to meet the standard college entry criteria for A Level courses. Additional subject entry criteria: To take Physics alongside other A Level courses, you need to meet standard College entry criteria and will need a minimum B (6) in Maths and a B in Science (core) and a B in Additional Science or GCSE Physics. To follow a Science A Level Programme, one that includes any two of these courses: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, you will need an average GCSE score of 5.5 plus a minimum B (6) in Maths and a B in Science (Core) and B in Additional Science (or B in GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics.)
Physics students are sought after by industry and universities for their excellent skills. Most students progress on to degrees in scientific subjects, engineering, medicine, electronics, architecture and physical sciences. Physics is also a useful foundation for subjects such as law, finance, business and IT.