Awarding Body: AQA
Qualifications on offer:
- AS Level Physics
- A Level Physics
Summary of course
Physics is for you if:
You want (or may want) a career that requires good scientific knowledge, good problem solving skills and logical thinking. Physics A-Level helps to open the door to a huge range of careers in computing, engineering, industry, finance, medicine and in many other areas.
You enjoyed mathematics and science at GCSE and you want to study a science at AS level.
The AQA Physics A syllabus is a traditional programme of study and will provide any student with a solid background in the sciences.
Experimental work is carried out as a part of the course.
Physics is a shortage subject in this country. People with Physics degrees are in great demand in all aspects of the world of work, including teaching.
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to include:
- Measurements and their errors
- Particles and Radiation
- Mechanics and Materials
- Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
- Fields and their consequences
- Nuclear Physics
- Engineering Physics
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:
How is the course assessed?
Written exam and Practical endorsement.
Your Study Programme
If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.
Who is this course for?
This course is ideal for you if you wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in physics and you:
- Enjoy finding out how the Universe (and consequently everything else) works
Enjoy using mathematics and carrying out experiments
- Have a serious commitment to learning theoretical concepts and ideas.
Progression and Career Opportunities
After successful completion this course would support a wide range of progression opportunities including employment, University or study for a Professional Qualification. The knowledge, practical or research skills gained by studying this subject would support progression within the same field or an allied field of study.
Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.
Entry Requirements for new students
|Entry and Foundation:||GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*|
|Level 1:||Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above|
|Level 2:||Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above|
|Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent:||Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)|
|Level 3 A Levels:||Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths|
|Level 4/5:||A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points|
|Specific Course Requirements:||GCSE Maths at grade 5-6 (B) and GCSE Double Science at grade 8 (AA) or GCSE Physics at grade 5-6 (B).|
*All applicants will be invited in for interview.
Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).
You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.
General Info (materials required for the course)
You are not required to purchase any materials for this course