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Physics A Level at Gloucestershire College

Course description

A Level Physics is a fascinating subject that not only teaches you to develop your critical thinking, mathematical and problem solving skills, but also explains many different phenomena in the world and beyond, such as dark energy, why the sky is blue and why the world goes round.

Often, the areas of employment that require physics are considered recession-proof, from acoustics to water management. Engineering is also a common and rewarding career path, with almost a third of all physics graduates who go into the private sector going on to take engineering jobs.


Course content

Core subjects you will study in first year include measurements and their errors; particles and radiation; waves; mechanics and materials; and electricity.

While in second year you will study further mechanics and thermal physics; fields and their consequences; and nuclear physics, alongside optional topics of astrophysics, medical physics, engineering physics, turning points in physics and electronics.

Entry requirements


Our new entry criteria are based around the average GCSE scores required to study grouped subjects.

The subjects are divided into three groups each requiring a different minimum average GCSE score.

The average GCSE score will have to be generated from a minimum of SEVEN academic GCSEs  - with at least 5 grade Cs including maths and English within this SEVEN

This subject requires

  • an average GCSE points score of 5.9 points
  • B or above in Maths 
  • B or above in Physics or BB in Double Award Science (must be core and additional, not core/applied and a B must be in Phsics)


Changes to A Level Courses in 2015 and 2016

The government has implemented a number of changes to AS and A Level courses starting in September 2015, which affect all schools and colleges in England.

The main changes will be:

  • AS qualifications will still be available as a high quality, stand-alone qualification
  • All assessment in A Levels will be at the end of two years of study
  • There will also be more emphasis on exams and less on coursework, with most subjects being assessed entirely on exams.

We will continue to enter all students into exams at the end of their first year, as we believe it will give students, parents and tutors useful feedback on their progress in the first year; help students to decide which higher education course to apply for; and give universities an indication of their expected grades.

It will also give them the ability to transfer to other courses or move onto employment with recognised qualifications, if they choose to.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of a two-year A Level course can lead to university, higher education or employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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