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Physics A Level Linear at City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College

Course description

One of the first words we learn to say is “Why?” and then, a little later, “How?” So you have probably asked “Why is the sky blue? How does a mobile phone work? How does the sun keep shining?” amongst other questions. If the more answers you discover, the more questions you want to ask, then you could well be a physicist in the making.

Course content

Topics you will study:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics (Y2)
  • Fields and their consequences (Y2)
  • Nuclear physics (Y2)
  • Turning points in physics (Y2)

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs grade A-C, preferably including Maths and English. This is a guideline rather than a requirement and the college will create a programme most suitable for you as an individual.


Awarding Body: AQA

Assessment: Exam 100% (3 Exams)

Results 2016: 100%


Financial information

This course is free to students aged 16-19 years old

Future opportunities

  • Physics is essential for Engineering –e.g. Aerospace and Aeronautical, Physics, Astrophysics, Nanotechnology and useful for Maths, Computing, Radiology, Physiotherapy, Optometry, Medicine, Dentistry, Armed Forces e.g. Pilot.
  • Physics graduates are sought after for financial institutions.
  • Employment in the Energy Industry – Nuclear Power and Alternative Energy Production.
  • The logical thinking and problem solving skills acquired by the study of Physics makes Physicists very employable. Graduates have a starting salary 15% above the average.

Further information

Since 2000, A Levels have been MODULAR courses, which means that exams have been taken in the first and second year of the course. In the past, the first year, or AS year, has contributed to 50% of the overall A Level grade and the remaining 50% contributed to the overall grade at the end of the second year of study.

From September 2015, Physics will change and become LINEAR. This means that all exams will be taken at the end of two years of study. The philosophy of the reform is that the rigour of A levels will not change and in the main the breadth and depth of content will not change. These changes aim to prepare young people better for the demands of employment and further study. They will give pupils, parents, teachers, universities and employers greater confidence in the integrity and reliability of our qualifications system.

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Careers Personal Adviser in school or speak to your teachers. Attend a college Open Evening and chat to our teaching staff, college careers staff and Liaison Team

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2016
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