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Physics at Gateshead College

Course description

From the birth and death of stars to the fleeting interactions of tiny particles, Physics studies how our world works. To do this it uses ideas ranging from Force and Energy, easily understood and every day, to Strangeness and Charm, rather more abstract and fanciful! It is a fascinating subject, driven by the desire to find out how and why matter behaves the way it does.

Physics suits someone who is fascinated by how things work, by fundamental questions about the way the world is and by the exactness of science which alone can try to uncover truths about the world.

Studying the subject you will feel that what you learn builds upon what you did at GCSE but in a more mathematical way. You must practice the use of maths in the subject so that it becomes natural to you so you can begin to concentrate on the ideas themselves as they become more complex.

Physics is most often studied alongside Maths, Economics, Biology, Computing or Chemistry, but – as an AS or a full A Level – it can give an analytical edge to any portfolio of subjects. It suits someone who enjoys problem-solving, is interested in explaining how the material world works and would like a practical subject.

Course content

  • The Year 12 Physics programme builds on the knowledge and skills gained from GCSE and extend it in preparation for further studies at university.
  • In Year 12 we look at the laws of the universe that govern the really small to the really big.


  • The Year 13 modules cover key areas of physics including electric, magnetic and gravitational fields nuclear physics and thermodynamics.
  • For the options topic we will be a choice from Turning Points in Physics,  Astrophysics or Medical Physics.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of four GCSEs A* to C
  • An equivalent Level 2 qualification
  • Diploma Level 2

Future opportunities

Physics is a subject very well regarded by universities and is important if you want to study Engineering.

It is also useful for Economics, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Computing to name just a few degree subjects.

Many of our Physics students have gone on to study Physics, Economics, Veterinary Science, Computing, Mathematics and Engineering at universities such as Durham, Newcastle and Sussex.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 April 2016

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    • Gateshead College's Baltic Campus is located on the Gateshead quayside, just minutes from Newcastle City Centre and its attractions.

      The College is situated behind the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead.

      The College has its own car park, but at busy times alternative parking is available nearby.

      There is a charge for parking. Students can apply for a permit to allow free parking during study time.