Physics (A Level)

We are all born with the urge to understand the world around us. One of the first words we learn to say is “Why?” and then, a little later, “How?” – So you have probably asked “Why is the sky blue? How does a mobile phone work? How does the sun keep shining?” “What is dark matter?” amongst other questions.

If you find that the more answers you are given to discover, the more questions you want to ask, then you could well be a physicist in the making and should certainly consider Physics. A wide range of practical work will be used to support your learning and understanding of the universe. This course combines well with all Sciences, Product Design as well as Philosophy and Music.

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Course Insight Subject Highlights

Topics you will study
Year 1
  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
Year 2
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • Turning points in physics
Progression Routes – What’s in it for me?

Physics is essential for Engineering –e.g. Aerospace and Aeronautical, Physics, Astrophysics, Nanotechnology and useful for Maths, Computing, Radiology, Physiotherapy, Optometry, Medicine, Dentistry, Armed Forces e.g. Pilot. Physics graduates are sought after for financial institutions. Employment in the Energy Industry – Nuclear Power and Alternative Energy Production. The logical thinking and problem solving skills acquired by the study of Physics makes Physicists very employable. Physics graduates have a starting salary 15% above the average.

Assessment:                            Awarding Body:

Exams – 100%                                              AQA

Results 2016: 100%
Key Features:
  • Highly Mathematical – Questions involving the use of mathematical skills within Physics will contribute to 40% of the assessment as such studying a mathematics qualification alongside this subject is highly recommended.
  • Not limiting – opens up progression routes in the fields of engineering and physical science
  • Hands on – lots of practical activities – at least one a week in university labs.
  • It is a prized A Level to have, recognised as such by top universities
Stoke6th Graduate Attributes
How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

Studying Physics at the Sixth Form College will enhance your resilience through a challenging and complex curriculum. You will have to use your numerical skills throughout the course with most solutions in physics requiring multiple analytical methods, which will need to presented and utilised in a coherent fashion. Practical sessions will need to written up in a manner that others can understand, communication skills will be integral for this and will consistently improve as a result. Your ability to work independently, as well as part of a team will be improved through participation in practicals.

What our students say…

“I really enjoyed the practical work – it helps me remember concepts because I actually did it rather than I being told about it.”

“Physics is fascinating and I would definitely recommend studying it.”

“Such a wide range of topics are covered in this course. It is quite a challenge but worth the hard work in the end”