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A Level

Course Overview

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?’

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, Computer Science as well as Music.

Course Topics

  • Astrophysics
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Medical Physics
  • Nuclear physics
  • Measurements and their errors


Course Features

  • The course covers a broad range of the fundamental concepts in Physics and builds on the ideas students learnt at GCSE. It is a practical course with lessons being taught in a new, well equipped Physics laboratory.
  • As strong mathematical skills are needed to access and make progress in much of the A Level Physics syllabus students wishing to study A Level Physics must also study A Level Maths.
  • There is support for university entrance tests such as ENGAA and physics students are also part of the MEC Society, with many also being part of the High Achiever’s Programme.

Physics EDT Industrial Cadets Gold Project

Jason Li, Lily Healey, Sam Holbook, Ryan Franks, Alex Bowler and Evan Smith successfully completed the Physics EDT Industrial Cadets Gold Project which lasted 20 weeks involving 50 hours of project work, webinars and weekly team sessions with their industry mentor from GE, Mick Stevens.


  • Exams: 100% (3 exams)
    Pass/fail practical element separate form grade.
  • Awarding Body: OCR Specification A


  • 2023: 63% High Grades 

    Students who have studied A Level Physics at the college are now studying Physics, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Accounting and Computing at top universities around the UK including Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College and the University of Manchester.

Where Courses Become Careers

A Level Physics covers not just the knowledge of physics, maths and engineering students might need for their chosen career in science or technology but also develops other skills that are valued and respected in other, often well-paid industries. These include analytical thinking, problem-solving using logic and reasoning and verbal communication skills. At a time when jobs are changing rapidly, physics offers a vast and expanding range of career paths.

Make your mark

How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

If you are thinking of studying Engineering, Maths or Physical Sciences at University or any related higher education course then A Level Physics should be a course you consider.

Find out more about our Aspire / Aspire + Programme here


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