If you choose to study Physics, you are opting for a subject that is stimulating, exciting and challenging in its own right, and an essential foundation for many careers.

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Science
  • Qualification A Level 🧩
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Maths and Science Centre
  • Course Length 2 years
100% Pass rate in 2019

Any A Level subjects can be combined. A Levels can also be studied alongside a BTEC Level 3 Certificate.

You will study an AS Level in the first year of this course.

Physics is a stimulating, exciting and challenging subject. It is important, not only as a subject in its own right, but also as an essential element in all other natural science, engineering and technology courses. There is also a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction to be derived from an understanding of the most recent developments in Physics research.

We study the AQA A level Physics Syllabus (7408): It provides a seamless transition to A level from previous studies and develops your interest and enthusiasm for Physics. This covers a wide range of topics from elementary particle physics to Newton’s laws; from nuclear physics to gravitational fields.

This course is ideal if you want to know how the natural world works and what the fundamental forces and principles are which underlie the building blocks of the universe.

You will be taught through lectures, practical work, and problem solving. You will have access to two fully equipped physics laboratories.

You will be assessed at the end of your first year for the AS Level Physics qualification and assessed at the end of the second year for the full A Level. The exam comprises three papers. You will also be assessed continuously on your practical skills, leading to a practical endorsement at the end of your second year.

What topics will I study?

During the two year course you will study the following topics:

1. Measurements and their errors
2. Particles and radiation
3. Waves
4. Mechanics, advanced mechanics and materials
5. Electricity
7. Thermal Physics
8. Gravitational, electric and magnetic fields
9. Nuclear Physics
10. One of the following detailed topics:

  • Turning points in Physics
  • Astrophysics

You will:

  • Cover a wide range of topics from elementary particle physics to Newton’s laws of motion and gravity
  • Gain great satisfaction and enjoyment from understanding the most recent developments in physics research
  • Develop your logical thinking, problem solving and mathematical skills
  • Carry out practical work in new fully equipped physics laboratories

What experiences will I get?

There will be trips and guest speakers. You will be able to take part in the AS Physics challenge, the Physics Olympiad and the KS5 Physics Challenge.

This course can be combined with other courses to make a full programme. It goes well with A Level Biology, Chemistry or Computer Science. Maths A Level is very highly recommended and essential for progression to university in Physics or Engineering. If you don’t take Maths A Level, the Level 3 Certificate in Maths is available as an Extend option.

Next steps: You could progress to university, training or an Apprenticeship in Physics or Engineering.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements: You will need eight GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language, and Maths (grade 6).
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: Grade 6 in GCSE Physics or Double Award Science. If you have a grade 6 in Maths, a compulsory supplementary Maths course is provided – this requires attendance at an extra Maths lesson per week.


You will have access to new fully equipped laboratories and PCs. At the Maths and Science centre you will have access to the café and the Student Hub.

You will have access to a learning resource centre. Students have the opportunity to take part in many STEM enrichment activities.

Additional Costs

There are some costs of materials and resources.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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