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A Level Physics

Course outline

Studying physics gives you a fascinating insight into the universe, looking in depth at how it came into existence and the scientific principles which govern our world.

This is a challenging but very rewarding course for anyone who enjoys problem solving and wants answers to the big questions about space, time, matter and energy.

To ensure you’re fully geared up to succeed in physics, it’s expected you’ll also be studying A Level Maths.

You will use maths skills and scientific reasoning to find answers to your questions about how the world works. This exciting and challenging course is highly regarded by universities and future employers.

Topics include: mechanics, materials, electricity, waves, quantum physics, further mechanics, fields, thermal physics, nuclear and particle physics, amongst others.

You will study this course alongside 2 or 3 other A Levels and you will be able to select your chosen subjects when you apply online.

How to apply for this course

Apply now to study an A Level Programme in 2022/23.

You will select your individual subjects when you complete the application.

Choose a course option below and press apply now.

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Location Date
Chaucer Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LP

Start: 5th September 2022

A Level Programme (2 years)

Course code: C000450 / Q000512

Chaucer Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LP

Start: 5th September 2022

A Level Programme Intensive (1 year)

Course code: C000453 / Q002531

Qualification

A Level Physics

Duration

A Level: 2 years

A Level Intensive: 1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

2 year A Level Programme:

  • To study 3 A Levels you’ll need at least 5 GCSE’s at grades 9-4 (A*-C) including GCSE English at grade 4 (C) or above and Maths at grade 5 (C) or above.
  • To study 4 A Levels you’ll need at least 6 GCSE’s at grades 9-6 (A*-C) including GCSE English at grade 4 (C) or above and Maths at grade 5 (C) or above.
  • One of your GCSEs must be a Grade 6 (B) or above in GCSE Physics or GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy
  • A Level Maths must be studied alongside A Level Physics

The following qualifications are NOT accepted:

  • GCSE Applied Science
  • GCSE Combined Science: Synergy
  • BTEC Science

1 year Intensive A Level Programme:

  • One full A Level at grade C or above
  • Five or more GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths
  • One of your GCSEs must be a Grade 6 (B) or above in GCSE Physics or GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy
  • Complete a successful interview
  • A Level Maths must be studied alongside A Level Physics

The following qualifications are NOT accepted:

  • GCSE Applied Science
  • GCSE Combined Science: Synergy
  • BTEC Science

Applicants with predicted GCSE grades 1 or 2 points below the entry requirement for an A Level:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements for either 1 or 2 of your chosen A Level subject choices, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer. We advise that you think about a second choice of course as a back-up plan. You can meet with us for a supportive, friendly and impartial discussion to look at other courses that Nottingham College has to offer. For more information contact High Pavement Sixth Form admissions by telephone on 0115 9100 100 or email at feadmissions@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk

Applicants who choose 4 subjects but only have the entry requirements to study 3:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements to study 4 A Level subjects, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer for all 4. At your ‘Get Ready for College’ day you will undertake tasters in your subjects and at this point you can discuss your options with subject staff at the event, to help you finalise your subject choices. Final A Level choices however will be made at enrolment in August when your GCSE results are confirmed.

Assessment

External examinations using short, long and multiple choice questions. Laboratory practical coursework using the full scientific method.

3 written examination papers: Paper 1 (AS Physics plus Periodic Motion) is 2 hours, 85 marks and 34%. Paper 2 (Thermal, Fields and Nuclear Physics) is 2 hours, 85 marks and 34%. Paper 3 (Practical skills and data analysis plus Option) is 2 hours, 80 marks and 32%.

Progression

The precise analytical and problem solving skills developed by the study of Physics are transferable to many different degree pathways including Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Computing, General Science, Sports Science, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Health studies, Forensics and Law.

Physicist, Scientific Laboratory Technician, Accountant, Solicitor, Architect, Journalist, Engineering and Teaching to name just a few.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.

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