Physics AS & A Level
About the course
Physics enables you to study everything in the Universe, from the absolute smallest particles (quarks) to the largest structures known to man (galaxies). How does it accomplish this? By using mathematics to describe the patterns we observe in experiments. By discovering these patterns, Physics has served as a foundation for most of the engineering and technology we have today. Smartphones and cars, space stations and robots, skyscrapers and the internet, all of these have been built using Physics. So as Britain becomes more technologically advanced, the demand for engineers and physicists is higher than ever. This course is your first step towards not only entering those careers, but understanding some of the deepest mysteries of the Universe.
A minimum of score of 5 from 7 GCSEs to include English, Maths, and Science along with four other GCSEs or equivalent (not including short courses or citizenship). See Subject Requirements Guide for details.
GCSE Core and Additional Science at score of 6 or above and GCSE Maths at score of 7 or above. If doing triple science, Physics and one other science at a score of 6 or above and GCSE Maths at a score 7 or above.
How much does it cost?
Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.
You should expect to pay a minimum of £50 each year for equipment.
Physics is essential for anyone wanting to progress into engineering but also has wider appeal, being suitable for those wanting a career in architecture, surveying, astronomy or teaching.
During the first year, you will study the mathematical and experimental foundations of Physics. You will then use those skills to study Mechanics, Electric Circuits, Materials, Waves and the Quantum Nature of Light. During the second year, you will extend your knowledge in Mechanics and then study Gravitational Fields, Electric Fields and Magnetic Fields. You will then study Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, Thermodynamics and Space. At the end of each year, you will be assessed by taking an exam in each module that has been covered. There will be no graded coursework, however you will be completing experiments throughout the year and will need to achieve a minimum level of practical skills in order to pass the course.
Where will this course take me?
The majority of Physics students progress on to higher education, with the option of studying a range of physics-based subjects (particle physics, theoretical physics, or astrophysics, for example) and can be combined with a mathematics-based degree. A degree or similar qualification in Physics could lead to a career in architecture, computing, surveying, engineering, or aviation as well as teaching.
- Core Physics I
- Core Physics II
- Advanced Physics I
- Advanced Physics II
- General and Practical Principles in Physics
How will I be assessed?
Will I have to provide anything?
Paper, pens, folder, a scientific calculator (you will be given advice on the type required) are needed along with course texts and revision guides. A memory stick for saving work is advisable. Lab coats and other protective wear for experiments will be provided by the college.
What should I do now?
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