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A Level Physics at Altrincham College

Course description

This subject will help you understand the world we live in. You will study natural phenomena, try to understand it and predict what may happen when new parameters are included. Physics not only needs discipline to follow and construct logical sequences, but the imagination and insight to use what you have learnt in a new way. Physics is a very broad subject and can influence decisions made in the fields of mathematics, computing, telecommunications, medical practice and energy production and conservation.

Course content

AS Units

Unit 1 - Measurements and their Uses

Unit 2 - Particles and Radiation

Unit 3 - Waves

Unit 4 - Mechanics and Materials

Unit 5 - Electricity

A2 Units

Unit 6 -  Further mechanics anf Thermal Physics

Unit 7 - Fields and their Consquences

Unit 8 -Nuclear Physics

Unit 9 - An options from Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics, Turning Points or Electronics

Entry requirements

5 GCSE at Grade A* to C including English Language and Maths. A grade A in GCSE  Maths, grade B in Physics, or at least grade B in Core Science and GCSE Additional Science


Linear A Levels are externally assessed courses with exams coveing all units sat at the end of  year 13. All students will have exams at the end of Y12 to benchmark progress. The reulst from these exams will be used as an indicator that a student has the capability to progress into Y13 and complete A Level.

Papers will include assessment covering practical skills and data analysis.

Future opportunities

This qualification is an excellent foundation for progression in physics and related courses at university and a basis for careers in Engineering,Industry, Finance, Research and Development and Teaching.

Further information

Applicants must be well motivated, hard working and have an enthusiastic and disciplined approach to practical work is essential. Students must be willing to become independent learners and must adhere to coursework deadlines.

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 October 2016
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