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Physics A-level at South Essex College

Course description

Year one:

  • measurements and their errors
  • particles and radiation
  • waves
  • mechanics and energy
  • electricity

Year two:

  • further mechanics and thermal physics
  • fields
  • nuclear physics

Plus one option from the following:

  • astrophysics
  • medical physics
  • engineering physics
  • turning points in physics
  • electronics

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Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or above including:

  • English language
  • grade B or above in physics, or in both sections of Double Award Science
  • grade B or above in maths


  • two written examinations on the theoretical topics worth 80%
  • coursework which will include a visit and a practical experiment worth 20%

Financial information

FREE to UK/EU under 19s not in employment

Future opportunities

You can go on to higher education to study a broad range of science and engineering degrees including physics, astrophysics, medical physics, electronic/electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Physics is also valued in medicine and dentistry degrees. Alternatively, you can seek employment in research, engineering or the armed forces.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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