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Physics - AS/A2 Level at Bolton St Catherine's Academy

Course description

Whilst studying Physics you will develop skills similar to those required of any professional in any other field i.e. time management, research, and presenting. Physics is essential in understanding space and the physical world. Careers in physics are as diverse as engineering to being an astronaut.

Course content

1st year; Core physics of mechanics, waves and electrical circuits, quantum physics.

2nd year Newton’s theories of gravity, motion and thermal physics, new frontiers of physics - field theory, nuclear and particle physics, astrophysics and medical imaging.

Entry requirements

A level Physics requires higher than the standard entry requirements. You will be expected to have at least two GCSEs at level 6 and three GCSEs at level 5 including English Language at level 5 points.

If you studied Core and Additional Science, you will be expected to have level 6 in Mathematics’ (higher grade tier) and a double 6 in Science. If you studied separate science, you will need GCSE level 6 points in Mathematics, GCSE level 6 in Physics and a level 6 from Biology or Chemistry


Assessment is by written examinations which will assess the knowledge and understanding from the course and the practical skills acquired throughout.

Future opportunities

Studying physics can lead to careers in designing aeroplanes, vehicles, buildings, or even robots. Alternatively, you may consider a career in space exploration or researching into new materials and products for the future. Having A Level physics will also open up possibilities In diverse fields such as medicine, optometry, dentistry, geology, chemistry, biology and biomedical sciences.

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: 29 June 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years