Study topics such as the effects of excitation in nuclei, wave particle duality and Einstein’s photoelectric effect, mechanics and waves, gravitational fields including planetary motion and escape velocity, astronomical imaging systems and astrophysics.

You will study:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and energy
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields
  • Nuclear physics

And one of the following:

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics
  • Electronics

This course is 100% exam based. You will also be required to undertake a minimum of 12 assessed practicals.

Physics, like all sciences, is a practical subject. You will study 14 core practical activities including: investigating interference and diffraction of laser light; measuring acceleration due to gravity; investigating systems that oscillate; investigation of the links between temperature and pressure; investigating magnetic fields; volume and pressure and the safe use of ionising radiation; and, investigating magnetic fields.

You will study in a variety of ways. In science these will include:

In class activities, worksheets, research, practice exam questions, practicals both assessed and not, skills assessment, lab book, tests, group work and independent study. We also organise industry visits that are relevant to your subjects and, where possible, subject specific conferences.

Example job roles in:

  • Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Teaching

Progress to study degrees in:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Teaching
  • Engineering

This is a linear subject which means it is examined externally entirely at the end of year two. There will be end of year exams in June of your first year which will determine your progress and whether you can enter the second year.

During the two years of study, you will be regularly assessed under test conditions to practise being able to understand and respond to the questions asked in the correct time allocation so that you are fully prepared for the final exams. There is an assessment calendar for A levels which includes timed assessment every 4 to 5 weeks.

Feedback gained from these assessments will help you to develop your skills, target your revision and where necessary enable us to provide additional support.

In addition, you will be required to undertake a minimum of 12 assessed practicals and write up all supporting information in a lab book.

It is recommended that you check the entry requirements for the degree courses / career paths you are considering. It is common to need maths alongside physics.

You will be expected to attend maths for scientists sessions once per week if you do not take maths.

A lab coat and safety glasses are required for this course, these can be purchased from the college and will cost approximately £15 or you can use the ones we have. You will also need a scientific calculator.

APS 46* and 5 GCSEs at grades 5/C or above including English, and grade 6/B or above in maths, double award science or separate award physics.

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The APS (Average Point Score) of 40 = an average of grade 5/C in all GCSEs taken. BTEC equivalents are not accepted.

For Admission

Department : A Levels
Level : Level 3
Starts : 09 September, 2019
Duration : 2 Years Full Time
Course Code : ALPHYAP

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