Physics A Level
|Mode of study||Academic A Level|
|Campus||Welsh Bridge Campus|
|Start date||5 September 2022|
|Course code||PHY-AL (2224)|
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language, grade 5 or above in Maths and grade 5 or above in GCSE Physics with a further GCSE Science subject at grade 5 or above or at least 5:5 in GCSE Combined Science.
What does the course involve?
At SCG you’ll discover the exciting breadth of this subject, from the unimaginably small components of matter to the mind-blowing vastness of the universe. Physics helps to reveal the mathematical beauty of the universe.
Every opportunity is taken to consolidate teaching with practical work using well-equipped and modern labs, all supported by our dedicated team of physics teachers and technicians. Classroom lessons are supported by a suite of virtual resources and software to enable students to access learning from home and develop the independent learning styles you’ll need for your future studies and employment.
You will already be familiar with many of the topics you will study from your GCSE courses, including forces, waves, radioactivity, electricity and magnetism. At A Level, you’ll look at these areas in more depth and find out how they are interconnected. You will also learn how to apply maths to real-world problems and explore new and expanding areas of science, such as particle physics and cosmology.
Your study of mechanics, materials and waves in the first year will lay the foundations for understanding man-made and natural structures. You will also be introduced to the strange world of quantum physics.
In your second year, we explore Magnetic, Electrical and Gravitational Field theories and extend the Mechanics taught in the first year. The final unit is Astrophysics, where you will learn about the energy and forces that shape the Universe.
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.
Physics A Level is beneficial for many careers including those in science, engineering, electronics and the medical field - but Physics is a highly regarded A Level whatever your future choice of career.
Physics graduates are highly valued for their problem-solving and numeracy skills.
Career options include 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.
Please note that any student wishing to study engineering or physics at university will usually be required to also have A Level Maths.
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 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 two or three subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative vocational programme of study via a separate application. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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