What's On The Course?
course starts with two contrasting topics - Particle Physics and Electricity. Particle Physics is all about the topical area of the fundamental nature of matter and what it is made of, and will give an insight into the type of experiments being carried out at, for example, the Large Hadron Collider. We also look at basic quantum phenomena and radiation, and end with discussing whether we can really distinguish between waves and particles at all.
The second unit is Mechanics, Materials and Waves, which extends what you studied at GCSE. There are three main areas of the mechanics section: statics, where we look at all the forces acting on an object to keep it still; dynamics, where we understand how to use equations for displacement, velocity and acceleration of objects, including projectiles; and energy, which covers kinetic and potential energy, power, efficiency and renewable energy resources and applications.
you will study mechanics in more detail, including circular motion, vibrations and resonance. We also look at the whole idea of fields in Physics: gravitational fields and planetary motion; electric fields and capacitors; and magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction. The second unit at A2 is in two halves. Firstly, Nuclear and Thermal Physics, which covers the properties of the nucleus, radioactive decay and energy from nuclear fission and fusion. The second half of the unit is an option, currently Astrophysics, which covers telescopes, classification of stars, star birth, life and death, supernovae, black holes and cosmology.Why study Physics?
Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that change our lives. Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles. Moreover, it's the basis of many other sciences, including chemistry, oceanography, seismology, and astronomy. Our results have been well above the national average for the last five years and are among the best in the country. You will be taught by dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, qualified to PhD level, with experience of working in industry and academia.What else can you do on the course?
We make every effort to arrange relevant trips to complement your studies. In 2010 a group attended an Institute of Physics event at Keele University to hear about the threat from asteroids and to view the telescopes. The world-renowned Jodrell Bank is close by and provides an opportunity to discover the current developments in astrophysics.How is the course examined?
80% examination (40% for each unit) and 20% practical assessment.What the students say
"Physics runs in the family because my step-father is a physics teacher but it's a subject I've always been interested in as well. I find the course gives you a great insight into lots of different things and it's a mixture of theory and practical work. I've also been able to use some of my Maths skills during the course as well. The group I've been in has been great and there's a good vibe around the College." - Oli Bull, King's Grove High SchoolPass Rates
In 2011 the pass rate for A2 Physics was 97% with 73% of students achieving grades A*-C.
In 2010 the pass rate for A2 Physics was 97% with 79% of students achieving grades A-C.
Who Is It Suitable For?
To study Physics at AS or A-Level you will need to meet the specific entry requirements below. In addition, you should have an interest in and an aptitude for science, enjoy practical work and be comfortable with basic mathematical techniques such as trigonometry and algebra.
What Are The Entry Requirements?
The Academic Advanced Programme (4AS-Levels) minimum entry requirement is five GCSEs (2Bs, 3Cs) including English Language/Literature and Maths.
The Advance Dual Programme (3 AS-Levels + 1 BTEC L3 Certificate) minimum entry requirement is five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including a C in English Language/Literature and D in Maths (to be re-sat in your first year).
To study Physics you need GCSE grade B or Core and Additional Science grade BB, as well as grade B in Maths. Students should also consider choosing Maths as an A-Level.
What Other Subjects Can I Study With This Course?
We strongly recommend you study AS Maths even if you achieved a very good grade at GCSE. Students studying Physics very often study one or more other science, such as Chemistry and Biology, as well as other popular subjects.
What Can I Do Next?
Studying Physics can be a springboard to a number of careers and our students have progressed to astronomy, dentistry, engineering, forensic science, medicine, sound recording, veterinary science, finance and weather forecasting (on BBC TV), as well as industrial research and development.
What If I Need Support?
The College provides a range of learning support for students who would like extra help with their studies. If you need help in deciding what to study or information on travel, finance, childcare, personal or health concerns, contact the Information Centre
How Do I Apply?