What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
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. There is also a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction to be derived from an understanding of the most recent development in Physics research.
We study the AQA Physics A Syllabus: 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 electrical circuits to gravitational fields. The course is split into a number of units, the AS units are covered in the first year and the A Level units in the second year.
You will be taught through lectures, practical work, and problem solving. You will have access to two fully equipped physics laboratories.
What topics will I study?
AS Level Assessment
Paper 1 (50% of AS) - Short and long answer questions split by topic
The following is assessed:
- Measurements and their Errors
- Particles and radiation
- Mechanics and materials
Paper 2 (50% of AS Level) - the following is assessed:
- Section A: Short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis
- Section B: short and long answers questions from across all areas of AS Content
- Section C: 30 multiple choice questions
A Level Assessment
Paper 1 (34% of A Level) - the following is assessed:
Sections: 1-5 and further mechanics
Paper 2 (34% of A Level) - the following is assessed:
Thermal Physics, Fields & their consequences, and Nuclear Physics
Paper 3 (32% of A Level) - the following is assessed:
Section A: compulsory - Practical skills and data analysis
Section B: students should enter for one of the followings:
- Turning points in Physics
- Engineering Physics
What experiences will I get?
Guest speakers broaden the students’ horizon in physics.
What are the entry requirements?
You need five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English language) and three GCSEs at grade D or above, with maths and GCSE additional science or physics at grade B or above. If you have a grade B in maths, a compulsory supplementary maths course is provided - this requires attendance at an extra maths lesson per week. A grade D or above is needed at the end of year 1 for progression to year 2 of the A Level.
What can I study alongside this course?
This course can be combined with other courses to make a full programme.
What facilities are there?
You will have access to new fully equipped laboratories and PCs as well as access to a learning resource centre.
What can the course lead on to?
You could go on to higher education and a career in areas such as physics or engineering. A Level Physics is also a valuable qualification for a huge range of other scientific and technical careers, for example architecture, medicine, computing and geology.
Are there any 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).