Physics

Physics

A Level
Full-time, Sixth Form Study Programme
Examining Board: AQA (Specification A)

About the Course

You might be fascinated by the universe. You might want to understand how modern technology and engineering works. Physics is highly regarded as it shows your ability and intellect to the best. It is a highly regarded qualification and can take you in a number of career directions especially the more highly paid graduate careers.

If you opt to study Physics, you must study A Level Maths. The content of your Maths A Level will assist you in understanding the more complex components of the Physics syllabus. If you are interested in a career in medicine and wish to study Physics, we recommend that Maths is taken as a fourth A Level.  

The course content is as follows:

Mandatory units

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

Optional units

  • Astrophysics or Medical physics

You can also get involved in Talking Physics - an enrichment aimed at helping students to see where their study of Physics can lead them. Speakers have included:

  • Dan Scott, a research scientist for the Advanced Technology Centre, BAE Systems.
  • Melanie Osborne BSc (Hons) IEng MIET AMIRSE. Mel is an engineer and her job for ‘AMEY’ involves designing the systems and circuits that stop the trains from crashing into things and each other.

This is alongside Physics trips that in 2014 were to:

  • Airbus
  • Supacat (multi-terrain vehicle manufacturer)
  • CERN in Switzerland
  • Rutherford Laboratory in Oxford for a Particle Physics Masterclass.

Great teaching and fun, with a stimulating working environment.

A Level Physics student
Physics students recently went to @Bristol

Physics students recently went to @Bristol

Find out how to apply for A Level Physics

To do this course you need the following:

  • Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including Maths and English Language
  • GCSE Physics/Science minimum grade 6
  • You will be required to study A Level Maths

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Case study

Further Maths - Bethany Griffin

Further Maths - Bethany Griffin

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