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About the course

Everything can be explained using physics. From the formation of stars and galaxies, to the behaviour of atoms, and even how guitar amplifiers work, all involve an understanding of physics.

This course will give you a thorough understanding on how the principles of physics can be used to describe the world around us, using both a theoretical and experimental approach. As mathematics is the language of physics, emphasis will be placed on developing mathematical models that can be used to not only explain the physics but provide verification of experimental results.

Entry requirements

Average score of 5 or above from 7 GCSEs including Maths, English and Science.

Average score of 7 or above in Maths.

Average score of 7 or above in Science.

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?

Although theory forms a large basis of this course, we will provide experimental verification of the theory in the form of demonstrations and practical work.

There is a core set of experiments that must be completed throughout the course, some of which contribute towards the A2 qualification. These will be conducted in small groups.

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. 

Possible careers:

  • Physicist
  • Engineering (all disciplines)
  • Astronomer 
  • Medical physicist
  • Teaching

Physics is seen as one of the most important facilitating subjects for studying at university.

Many employers prefer physics students due to their highly developed analytical skills.

Students with a BSc in physics earn approximately 14% more than those without.

Core modules

A wide range of content is covered in AS Physics, which is then developed further in the second year. The main units include: mechanics, electrical circuits, materials, waves, and quantum theory.

How will I be assessed?

Continuous assessment throughout the year via written examinations and project work. 

Two formal examinations will be taken at the end of the year, both of which are 90 minutes long.

Will I have to provide anything?

Students will need the course textbook (approximately £26.40)

All laboratory equipment and PPE will be provided.

What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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