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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.

Entry requirements

A minimum score of 5 from 7 GCSEs to include English, Maths, and science along with four other GCSE grades 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 score of 6 or above and GCSE Maths at score of 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.

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Why study?

This is a two year course.

In Year 1 we will study six modules starting with Working as a Physicist  then  Mechanics, Electric Circuits, Materials finishing with Waves and the particle nature of Light. These modules are not only a fantastic introduction to Physics but also Engineering and Mathematics.

In Year 2 we will build on the Year 1 modules  developing our problem solving skills to gain deeper understanding of the way things work. The Year 2 modules are Further Mechanics;  Electric and Magnetic Fields;  Nuclear and particle physics; Themodynamics;  Nuclear radiation; Gravitational  Fields; Space and finally Oscillations.

Throughout this course we will be carrying out a comprehensive list of practical work some of which will be formally assessed and stored for external viewing.

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 modules


  • 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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