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Physics A level at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

Students will gain an understanding of how the physical world can be interpreted and described using the very fundamental concepts of science.  This will cover topics that range from the forces between the smallest sub-atomic particles to the nature of the Universe.

Students will gain a range of practical skills, which will include using sensitive electronic equipment to carrying out practical measurements on different physical situations to an incredible degree of precision.  Mathematical skills also play a big part in this subject.


Course content

Potential Topics that will be studied

Practical skills in physics

Foundations of physics

Forces and motion

Electrons, waves and photons

Newtonian world and astrophysics

Sub-atomic particles and medical physics


Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Students need to achieve 5  9 - 5 GCSE grades or equivalent, including English. 

Students are also required to gain grade 9 & 8 in GCSE science (Core and Additional) and grade 6 in mathematics.



This is a 2-year course which is assessed by 3 examinations at the end of year 13.

Practical skills are assessed throughout the A-Level

Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

A level physics makes use of many different skills.  This can lead to a number of different careers, with obvious links to technology, engineering and scientific research.  Physics is the type of qualification that can open doors to many other surprising and interesting career paths.  This could be in science roles such as working for organisations such as CERN as a particle physicist, for ESA on development of space technology, working in the medical sector as a radiologist or within oncology. 

A level physics complements the other sciences and can help you on your way to careers in marine  biology or chemical engineeering.  Also the demanding nature of the course means it could lead you to a career in finance or business as it is a highly regarded qualification.

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: 08 November 2017
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