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Physics at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

The Physics A Level course offers students the opportunity to lay the groundwork for future studies at university for example, in science and engineering. There is a good coverage of a range of physics topics such as quantum phenomena, waves, mechanics, electricity, fields, radioactivity and thermal physics.

Course content

Measurements and their errors
This is a continuing study for a student of physics. It comprises a working knowledge of the fundamental units of measurement, the nature of errors in practical work, and their numerical treatment.
Particles and radiation
An introduction into the fundamental properties of matter, electromagnetic radiation and quantum phenomena.
GSCE studies of wave phenomena are extended through a development of knowledge of the characteristics, properties and applications of travelling and standing waves.
Mechanics and materials
This comprises an extension of forces, energy and momentum that was studied at GCSE, along with bulk properties and tensile strength.
This builds and develops upon GCSE studies and lays the groundwork for later study of electrical applications.
Further mechanics and thermal physics
The earlier study of mechanics is further advanced through consideration of circular motion and simple harmonic motion. Thermal properties, the nature of ideal gases and molecular kinetic theory are introduced and studied in depth.
Fields and their consequences
Fields is one of the great unifying ideas in physics and here it is developed in detail. The ideas of gravitational, electrostatics and magnetic field theory are studied and unifying links to other earlier parts of the course are emphasised here.
Nuclear physics
This builds on the earlier work done on particles and radiation that links to the properties of the nucleus and the production of nuclear power.
Additional option choice
One of five option choices are studied:
  1. Astrophysics
  2. Medical physics
  3. Engineering physics
  4. Turning points in physics
  5. Electronics.

Entry requirements

Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher).

Students must have a grade 6 in either GCSE combined science or GCSE Physics.


Students will sit three 2 hour written exam papers. Papers 1 and 2 are worth 85 marks each and the third is worth 80. Each paper is worth approximately one third of the A Level grade.

Financial information

Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course.

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund

Future opportunities

Physics is ideal for students who want to study a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science. There are many careers which utilise the knowledge and skills in physics; these include medicine, engineering, technology, medical physics, computer science, nuclear technology, space science, geological surveys, weather forecasting, accounting and finance, patent attorney, product development scientist and systems developer.

Further information

Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website

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: 09 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September