The course itself is split into a grounding taught in the first year, that covers mechanics, materials, electricity, waves and particle physics alongside the essential practical skills.
Year two covers includes an optional module on astrophysics and this is often what stimulates the most intense interest amongst students. The second year will also cover periodic motion, thermal physics, nuclear physics and, most importantly, field theories - perhaps the biggest single difference between the physics you have studied and that which lies ahead.
Whilst Physics is an immensely fun subject to study, it is also typically regarded as one of the more challenging (i.e. success here really demonstrates an impressive level of skills & knowledge to a potential employer/university.) Nobody is born very good at these skills, so Physics is a subject where practising expressing your observations, explanations and mathematical findings in a logical manner is exceptionally important.
Across the two years, you will gain a Physics 'A' level that both universities and employers regard as strong evidence of analytical, mathematical and technical skills. What they do not always appreciate is that many of your marks will have come from your ability to express a written argument - perhaps the most transferrable of the skills you will practice.
5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above which must include English Language
GCSE Physics and Maths at Grade 6. Combined Science at 7.5 may be considered
Physics also requires a student who is willing to ask questions, apply reasoning and logic to problems, and is interested in finding out about the world around them.
After Your Course
A-Level Physics is an enabling qualification for a wide range of science and engineering degree courses and careers. This in turn leads on to the huge number career opportunities, including non-scientific careers, where skills in reasoning and mathematics are valued, such as law, business, accountancy and finance.
Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.