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Gluons, galaxies and everything in between! Deepen your understanding of the physical universe and how it affects us.

The laws of physics control the world! Study physics and understand the universe. Physics explains how everyday-objects operate and discusses how they can be improved.

Learn how objects move under the influences of forces and energy, change how electricity works and the mysterious relationship between photons and waves. In year two, you will cover specialised topics such as cosmology, nuclei and fundamental particles and medical physics.

A Level physics gives you access to university to study a BSc in physics or other areas including engineering and medicine.

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What I'll learn

You follow the OCR specification.

First year (AS):

  • Unit 1: mechanics, motion, forces, work and energy
  • Unit 2: electrons, waves and photons
  • Unit 3: practical skills 1

Second year (A2):

  • Unit 1: the Newtonian world; The motion of the planets and stars
  • Unit 2: frontiers of science; The Big Bang!, medical physics and modelling the universe
  • Unit 3: practical skills 2

 

How I'll learn

You will learn in a variety of ways, typically through discussion, group work, independent study, reading and research tasks. There is a balance between challenge and support. You play an active part in your learning and there is a strong focus on your individual learning needs. 

You develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills. 

You also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. You benefit from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.

Classes take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled sessions. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of individual subjects. There are many enrichment opportunities, enabling you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.

 

How I'll be assessed

Formal assessment is through examinations and, in some subjects, through coursework.

The examination periods are in May/ June. A range of regular assignments, essays and class based assessments help you to develop your study skills for the next educational step.

Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.

 

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of six GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language and maths but excluding PE, Dance, Catering, or other subjects with a large practical component.

In addition for this subject you will need:

  • Minimum grade 5 in GCSE Additional Science
  • Minimum grade 5 in GCSE Maths
  • Minimum grade 4 in GCSE English

 

How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.