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A-level Physics gives you a general understanding of the foundation topics of this discipline and involves problem solving, experimentation and interpreting data.

Physics A-level areas covered include particle physics, mechanics, materials and waves, as well as astrophysics. Your study will involve a combination of practical exercises and theory, and will be taught in a well-equipped laboratory by our experienced staff.  

Vocational science route: If you wish to study more practical applied science you can apply to study our BTEC Applied Science Level 3 Extended Diploma. Both of these courses incorporate units of study covering physics, biology and chemistry.

You could progress to higher level study such as a science, engineering or information technology degree or seek employment in a scientific field. 

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

What I'll learn

Your study will look at two aspects of physics: particle physics, and mechanics materials and waves, which develops further topics learned at GCSE. 

Your study will include the following: 

  • unit 1: particles quantum phenomenon and electricity 
  • unit 2: mechanics, material and waves
  • unit 3: investigative and practical skills in AS Physics
  • unit 4: field and further mechanics
  • unit 5: Astrophysics
  • unit 6: Investigative and practical skills in A2 Physics.

 

How I'll learn

You will have the opportunity to participate in a physics competition and attend physics study and revision days. You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a group tutorial, and they will help you set, review and achieve your targets. 

 

How I'll be assessed

There is no formal coursework assessment on this course but you will undergo a number of timed practical and written assessments.

 

Entry Requirements

Minimum six academic GCSEs at A*-C (4) including English Language and Maths but excluding PE, Dance, Catering i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

In addition for this subject you will need:

  • Minimum B grade 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. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page.

You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with 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.