Course overviewPhysics A Level City of Bristol College
Physics is the study of the most basic building blocks of the universe, how it was created and everything in it, including life here on Earth. Understanding of Physics results in technological advancement in all areas of life such as the tools and instruments used in scientific, engineering, medical, manufacturing and beyond. It also provides greater employment possibilities.
In short, it explains the basic laws of nature. Understanding any aspect of life requires an understanding of its Physics.
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
If you’re aged 19+ and this will be your first Level 3 course, it could be free for you under the government’s National Skills Fund (NSF) scheme. Get in touch to find out more.
Who is this course for?
This course is for students aged 16-18 who want to study for a Physics or Mathematics higher education qualification, following either an academic or vocational route.
What you'll learn
In your first year you will study measurements and their errors, particles and radiation, mechanics and materials, waves and electricity. In your second year, you will study further mechanics and thermal physics, fields and their consequences and nuclear physics, in addition to one of the following:
- medical physics
- engineering physics
- turning point in physics
Course entry requirements
For entry onto this course you will require 6 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and Maths, and either Physics at grade 6 or Combined Science at grade 7.
How is the course delivered and assessed?
You will be assessed through two examinations and one non-examined assessment.
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.
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.
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