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Physics AS and A Level at Portsmouth College

Course description

A level Physics is highly valued by the top universities and is essential for study of most Physical Sciences and Engineering degrees.  Physics is also very useful in preparation for many medicine related disciplines, architecture and environmental and earth sciences.

Course content

The new Physics A level syllabuses will be finalised in late 2014.  The following topics are very likely to be included:

  • Electricity and the application of electrical principles to real circuits
  • Wave theory: sound, light, and other wave forms
  • Key concepts of quantum theory and wave/particle duality
  • Mechanics, the equations of motion and the effects of forces on materials
  • The ‘Newtonian World’, including momentum, the laws of motion, gravity, circular motion and simple harmonic motion
  • Kinetic theory, as applied to gases and the concept of heat at atomic level
  • atomic and nuclear physics (in the context of radioactivity and medicine)
  • Modern theories of astronomy and cosmology

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English Language), some at grade B or above. Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualifications (at Merit grade or higher) would be a useful addition but cannot be used instead of the basic GCSE requirement.


Physics A level (and AS level) qualifications are assessed through examinations - there is no coursework. You will be required to apply skills learnt in practicals to answer examination theory questions.

Future opportunities

We visit Portsmouth University and Southampton University to look at applications of Physics in developing new technologies and to further our understanding of the cosmos.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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