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Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus Welsh Bridge Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code PHY-AL (2123)

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above, including English Language, with grade 5+ in Physics and one other science or 5+ in Combined Science, with grade 5+ in Maths.

  • What does the course involve?

    The course features topics such as electricity and mechanics that you will remember from GCSE, although they will be covered to a much greater depth and more mathematically! Other themes include positrons, neutrinos, kaons, spectra, photons, simple harmonic motion, and gravity.

    Physics attempts to understand the nature of energy and matter – in other words it covers almost everything. From the unimaginably small components of matter to the mind-blowing vastness of the universe, we will give you an introduction to some of the ideas that underlie Physics and the advances we have made in understanding them. You will be able to investigate these ideas in our well-resourced Physics labs which have extensive ICT facilities.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Three exams at the end of the two year course. Practical Endorsement in Physics. This is a non-exam assessment that involves carrying out 12 different practical investigations and providing evidence for each one in a folder submitted at the end of the course.

  • Additional Notes

    A Physics A Level is beneficial for many careers including those in science, engineering, electronics and the medical field, but don’t forget that Physics is a highly regarded A Level whatever your future choice of career. Physics graduates are highly valued for their problem solving and numeracy. Many go on to pursue careers in Architecture, Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Oceanography, Photography, Cartography, Science Broadcasting or Journalism, Computer-Aided Design, Quantity Surveying, Graphic Art and technical jobs in Media. In the world of finance Physics graduates are in even greater demand due to their transferable skills.

  • Further Information

    You can apply to take part in the Engineering Education Scheme which links teams of students with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems. This six month scheme provides you with an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology and will help you make an informed decision about your future studies and career.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Phoebe Mathieu Venables

Phoebe Mathieu Venables

A Level Physics (Chemistry and Maths)
Previous school: Bishop's Castle Community College

Doing Physics at A Level confirmed to me that I wanted to continue it at university. It is a challenging subject, however all the hard work is worth it and very rewarding.

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