Physics A Level
- September 2022, Full Time
Physics is a fascinating subject about how the real world (and the rest of the universe) works. It asks about everything from what existed before the Big Bang to how cars can use less petrol.
- Measurements and their errors
- Particles and radiation
- Mechanics and materials
- Further mechanics and thermal physics
- Fields and their consequences
- Nuclear physics.
The course combines learning about theories in physics with practical laboratory work and analysing data. You are likely to do well if you can think logically, critically and imaginatively and are willing to work hard. The course can be challenging, and you will need to persevere when you cannot immediately see the solution to a problem. It includes some mathematical concepts and theories, so it will also help if you enjoy and are good at Mathematics, especially algebra.
Applicants require a minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE Maths and a grade 6,6 in GCSE combined science:Trilogy, or grade 6 in GCSE Physics. Applicants are also required to have achieved a minimum of six GCSEs at grade 9-4 including GCSE English Language.
You will be assessed through 3 written exams taken at the end of the second year which include questions on both theory and practical work. A separate certificate confirming your practical skills can also be achieved in addition to your A Level.
Physics can be taken with any other subjects, but students often choose Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography.
Physics is identified by selective universities as one of the subjects they prefer applicants to have studied at A Level.
This A Level could lead on to related degree courses and careers, such as; Science, Engineering or Computing, and the skills you will learn, such as thinking clearly and logically, will be useful in a wide range of other fields.
If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop