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Physics A Level - Level 3

Overview

Physics is a fundamental science subject and the key to understanding the world around us and the world beyond us.

Physics is the study of matter, energy, force and motion, which can challenge our imagination and lead to world-changing discoveries such as lasers and computers.

The course tutor is a professional physicist with a wealth of specialist knowledge and experience. As an A Level Physics student you can expect to learn valuable, transferable skills such as problem solving and analysis.

Recommended courses to study alongside this A Level include:

Start dates and fees

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September 20224450Apply online

What will I study?

You will develop your understanding of standard laboratory experimental techniques and follow the renowned 'Advancing Physics' programme developed by the Gatsby Foundation and Institute of Physics. This course is assessed by examination scheduled for May/June. A separate practical endorsement qualification is assessed in lessons throughout the two years.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language. Science with 66/BB (double science) or 6/B in physics (triple separate sciences) or 665/BBC (triple science - core, further, additional) and with grade 6/B in maths.
  • You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and/or a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements. This will need to be uploaded to your myVISION account by the end of May.
  • Following your application you will normally be offered a place subject to achieving the entry requirements and attending a welcome taster.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed primarily by examination scheduled for May/June at the end of the second year with some additional practical assessments.

Success rates

A Level pass rate 2020 - 100%.

What does the course lead to?

A Level Physics students are equipped with skills and knowledge that can transfer to a range of varied careers. You could choose to seek employment in engineering, medicine, astrophysics, forensics, sports science, geophysics, aeronautics, nanotechnology, research or teaching.

What can I progress onto?

If you intend to continue studying at university-level, the Physics A Level can lead to a host of degree courses such as photonics, astrophysics, engineering, information technology and medicine.

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How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each A Level course you are interested in individually.

Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the courses you have chosen as well as any alternatives you may be considering.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your course choices.

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020.

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