Find out more about the courses and levels offered at City and Islington College
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 A Level Physics is for you.
The course is taught through hands-on practical work, such as experiments, investigations and demonstrations. You will become familiar with a wide range of measuring methods and equipment, taught in our state-of-the-art laboratories.
Topics covered in the first year can include:
Topics covered in the second year can include:
You will need:
*If you have a Grade 6 in GCSE Maths you can still be enrolled if you pass an entry maths test at enrolment. The topics covered in this test will be: rearranging equations, standard form, prefixes, right-angled triangles (Sohcahtoa and Pythagoras), and speed-time graphs. If you pass this test at enrollment, then you will be enrolled onto a Maths for Physics class alongside your A level Physics.
If you wish to study 4 A Levels, you will need 7 GCSEs at grade 7 or above, including two at grade 8.
All applicants must have an interview to confirm that A Levels are suitable for them.
We recommend studying another science or maths subject, such as Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or Electronics, alongside Physics.
Assessment is by practical work and final examination.
If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
A Levels are widely regarded as the standard entry qualification for top universities in the UK, and the rest of the world. Many of our students go onto study for a degree at the university of their choice, with some choosing to progress into apprenticeships or other employment.