A-Level Physics

Start date(s):
30 Aug 2021
2 years
Level 3
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Awarded by:
AQA (Assessment & Qualifications Alliance)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £1112 per year, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


Course details may be subject to change

This logical subject enables you to study the world in which we live and attempt to understand and interpret it. If you enjoy problem solving, handling numbers and theories and like a challenge then this subject is for you.

You will learn about linear motion; forces in action; car safety; electrical circuits; wave motion; quantum physics; circular motion; thermal physics; electrical and magnetic fields; nuclear physics; medical physics; and modelling the universe. Much of the work is covered by practical experiments and demonstrations, which are also designed to develop your experimental and investigative skills.


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An entrepreneurial A-Level student has won over £2,000 worth of funding for an innovative new product he has designed.

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The aim of this programme is to allow learners to develop an understanding of the physical world, especially through practical investigations. The underpinning theory is supported with mathematical models.


The first year of the qualification will include the following units:
  • Measurements and their Errors - focuses on practical skills and analysing data.
  • Particles and Radiation - looks at the fundamental properties of matter and electromagnetic radiation, including quantum effects.
  • Waves - looks at the characteristics and applications of travelling and stationary waves, including refraction, interference and diffraction.
  • Mechanics and Materials - looks to develop understanding of forces, energy and momentum.
  • Electricity - looks to build a basic understanding of components and circuits.

You will sit two exams at the end of the course which will assess both theoretical and practical skills.

You will compete the following units in the second year of the programme:
  • Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics - looks at circular motion, simple harmonic motion, thermal energy transfer.
  • Fields - includes gravitational fields, electric fields and magnetic fields
  • Nuclear Physics - looks at the connection between mass and energy and its applications.
  • The optional unit is usually astrophysics or turning points (key discoveries).

The two year course will be assessed at the end of the second year with three exams. Each exam will include questions to test your practical understanding and ability.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week



Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

You will be taught by lecturers who are specialists in their subjects. Teaching is classroom based and involves group work and individual work. Independent study is essential outside of the classroom and frequent homework will be given.

You will sit monthly in-class assessment for which you will receive extensive feedback, as well as other assessments throughout the academic year, which will help you track your progress.

Terminal exams will be in May/June.

Maths and English

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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.


Work placements are an important part of the programme and all learners will be given assistance in finding a suitable position.

This A-Level, in combination with other subjects, could enable you to apply for degree courses in Aeronautical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, or Physics.

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Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Fees and funding

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Interview Instructions

You will be invited in for a tour of the College, and a one-to-one interview with one of our lecturers. A conditional offer may then be made subject to you meeting the entry criteria.
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Entry Criteria

Ideally, you will hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs at 9 to 4 (A* to C) which must include maths and English. You will need a grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language and maths, and 6's in Physics or Core and Additional Science (BB equivalent). GCSE Applied Science is not an acceptable entry qualification for this subject.