Physics A Level
About the course
Physics explores our world from the `unseen’ dimensions of millionths of a metre to 14 billion light years - to the edges of the Universe. On the scale we live on, physics is at the heart of technology that changes our lives, bringing us heat, light and communication in ever more ingenious ways.
It has brought anti-matter to our hospitals and radioactivity into pharmacy. If you find yourself wanting to understand more deeply how stuff works, why we have phenomena like red skies at night or why space junk is a huge issue for our future, then Physics A level is for you.
• Five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C, including grade 4/C in English Language
• Grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics
• Grades 6-6 or above in GCSE Combined Science. If you are studying Triple Science you will need a minimum of grade 6 in the related science and grade 6 in one other science subject.
• It is advisable to take another science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Electronics) along with Chemistry/Physics
• Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
• IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.
We start the course with a look at particle physics and we see how this field has led to new technologies in healthcare. From quantum physics we then return to a study of mechanics and an understanding of the forces, motion and energy that are involved in our modern transportation systems. Light is our probe for understanding the places we cannot reach, supernovae and neutron stars. We explore the nature of electromagnetic radiation and its wave and particle-like properties. All our technology depends on us being able to produce, send and utilise electrical energy. The first year of the course introduces the electrical circuits and the novel components that lie behind our tech-savvy lives.
In the second year you take mechanics further and explore motion in two dimensions: circles and oscillations. You will examine motion close to the speed of light and study the outcomes of special relativity. The work on motion is then applied to particle detectors and mechanical and electrical devices. The course looks at the theories of gases, an area of physical chemistry that enables chemical engineers to design industrial systems, and helps us understand how stars are formed.
The course is taught through hands-on practical work: experiments, investigations and demonstrations. You will become familiar with a wide range of measuring methods and equipment. The laboratory is well resourced and supported so there are interesting and challenging activities that consolidate your understanding of the theory.
Assessment is by practical work and final examination.
Physics A Level is a highly sought-after qualification at both University level and in the working environment. It opens doors to all manner of further study in the Sciences. If you plan to take a physics or engineering-related Degree at university, then you should take Maths A Level along with Physics.
Anyone who likes maths and physics should definitely study here
Studied: A Level Maths, Further Maths, Physics
Destination: UCL to study Civil Engineering
Anurudha Roy achieved an A* and 2 As in her A Levels and has gone on to study Civil Engineering and University College London.
She said: “I was over the moon with my results and am really looking forward to the future. My ambition through civil engineering is to contribute to the development of a major building on the London skyline.
“Civil engineering is also a really male dominated industry which needs more women and hopefully I can change that a bit.
“My teachers at the College were amazing and the best thing about them was just how much they cared. Anyone who likes maths should definitely study here as when your teacher loves what they do, so will you.”
Select your preferred start date
How to apply for a course
Applying for a course with us couldn't be easier, just click the 'Add to basket' button and fill out your details. Find out more here.
A Level entry requirements
Our Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. Over 30 A Levels are on offer from Physics to History of Art.
Sixth Form College
Based in vibrant Angel, the Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. There are over 30 A Levels on offer from Dance to History of Art to Science.