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Physics AS & A Level at Richard Huish College

Course description

You might be fascinated by the universe. You might want to understand how modern technology and engineering works.  Physics is highly regarded as it shows your ability and intellect to the best. It is a highly regarded qualification and can take you in a number of career directions especially the more highly paid graduate careers.

This A Level course is only offered as a two year programme.

Course content

The new linear AQA specification A Level will be followed from September 2015. The course content is as follows:

Mandatory units

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics.

Optional units

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics
  • Electronics.

Entry requirements

  • Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language
  • You need core and additional science GCSE at grade C or above plus Maths GCSE grade C or above


Examining Board: AQA (Specification A)

Examination is at the end of the two years. 

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There are Physics trips including:

  • Airbus
  • Supacat (multi-terrain vehicle manufacturer)
  • CERN in Switzerland
  • Rutherford Laboratory in Oxford for a Particle Physics Masterclass.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Physics is of high value for potential university applications and for future employers.

Industries employing physicists are varied and include: aerospace and defence, education, energy, engineering, instrumentation, manufacturing, oil and gas amongst many others.

Engineering at university will require physics in most cases –certainly at the better universities. Obviously, if you intend to study physics, electronics or other closely-related subjects, physics will be essential. However, students with Physics A Level are particularly highly sought after, as they have attributes such as excellent problem solving skills which are much in demand. For example, many medical schools and business/economics departments appreciate the abilities that Physics A Level students have, and look upon such students favourably.

Further information

If you wish to study Physics or Engineering at university you must also take Maths A Level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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    • Huish is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre.

      Huish is committed to encouraging you to travel to college by cycle, public transport or car sharing where possible. There is a cycle path to the College taking you to Vivary Park so that you don’t have to walk or cycle with the traffic along South Road. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to college from the bus station but many of the buses students use come directly to the campus.