Course overview

Physics A Level City of Bristol College

Physics allows us to understand the universe in which we live and describe it in a language that is both beautiful and universal.

From basic concepts like understanding measurements to the more abstract theories of quantum and particle physics this subject allows us to observe, measure and determine relationships that govern the world in which we live.

This course is an option within our science A Level pathway.

  • Science Pathway course code: ALSCIENCE

Find out more about our A Level pathways and how to apply

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for any learner who wishes to study for a Physics and Mathematics based course in higher education following either an academic or vocational route. The course is aimed at learners aged 16 -19 who wish to go on to study a Level 4 Higher Education course.

What you'll learn

In Year 1 you will study a diverse range of modules including measurements and their errors, particles and radiation, waves, electricity and mechanics and materials. In Year 2, core modules studied will be: further mechanics and thermodynamics, fields and their consequences and nuclear physics.

Course entry requirements

To join the course you must have 6 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including GCSE Physics grade 6 (B) or GCSE double award Science grade 6 (B) and GCSE Mathematics grade 6 (B).

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the duration of the course via a combination of coursework, practical work, observation and presentations.

Future career and study opportunities

This course will equip you with skills in practical investigations, data collection and analysis, critical thinking and mathematics. There are many paths you can pursue if you hold a physics qualification some career opportunities include: lab technician, software developer and design engineer.

Additional costs

This course is free to anyone aged 16-18. There is no formal list of additional costs. However, if you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

To keep everyone safe, we’ve reduced the number of people in our buildings at one time. Most of our courses include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning. 

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