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Physics A Level at Sheffield College

Course description

About the course

On the A-Level Physics course you will build on your current knowledge of science and physics and expand your learning into more complex areas. You will look at particles and quantum phenomena, electricity, mechanics, materials and waves. Then you will delve into further mechanics before exploring the fascinating areas of nuclear physics, medical imaging techniques, thermal physics and astrophysics.

As well as your theoretical learning you will develop investigative and practical skills as you apply that learning to experimental applications. This hands-on approach encourages an appreciation of the big picture in physics and aids in the development of rational thinking.

Will this subject suit me?

If you like to think about the nature of light, matter, gravity, electrons, the Big Bang, magnets, black holes and superconductors then yes!

The course will contain lots of practical work and lots of mathematical work.

Personal study time

A level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons.  You will be given significant amounts of homework on a regular weekly basis including practise at examination style questions. Independent study is crucial to success at A-level.

Qualification titles

A-Level Physics (2 year course) or AS-level Physics (1 year course)

What students say about this subject?

I find physics to be both fun and challenging. The topics are interesting and I find myself wanting to come to lessons

Because I want to do it for a job and find it interesting

It’s fun, I enjoy it & I need it to go on to engineering at University

Physics is a very interesting subject to choose by far. The practicals are very involved and fun to do, very fascinating.

Entails both study and fun therefore good atmosphere

Teaching technique was easy to understand most year round

Very intriguing topics thus interesting subject


Entry requirements

To study 3  A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths

To study 4 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English Language and Maths

Additional requirements: 6-9 in Maths, 6-9 in Physics if taking separate sciences/6-9 in Double Science / Core AND Additional Science


Written examination papers incorporating both the syllabus content and the recommended practical work done during the course. Candidates complete practical activities to demonstrate practical competence. Performance reported separately to the A Level grade The examinations are taken after 2 years of study for students on the full A-level course or after 1 year for students completing the AS-level course.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Physics can take you anywhere. You could become an astronomer working at NASA, a particle physicist working at CERN, a meteorologist doing the weather on TV, an engineer designing formula 1 cars and so on, or even apply your knowledge of physics to the world of finance to make you millions!

Physics is the most sought after A-Level and degree alike by employers because it speaks of intelligent, critical, rational thought.

Further information

How to apply   

School pupils in Sheffield should apply on-line with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years full time (A-Level) or 1 year full time (AS-Level)
  • Course code: HRENA1