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Physics A Level at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

Physics investigates electricity, forces, waves, the solar system and the wider universe. This course shall encourage students to gain a range of skills which include acquiring a systematic body of scientific knowledge, an understanding of scientific idea and to be able to select, organise and present information clearly and logically.

Course content

In the first year the course will include quantum and nuclear physics in addition to all the core topics of mechanics, electricity and circuits, waves and properties of matter (materials).  As well as learning theory, you will complete a number of experiments including 6 assessed practicals.  The maths required is higher level GCSE (algebra and trigonometry are important) but you are expected to apply it in more practical situations.

In the second year the topics of mechanics and electricity are extended to cover oscillations, ac, oscilloscopes and capacitors.  Thermal physics, radioactivity and extensive work on gravitational, electric and magnetic fields, including electromagnetic induction, will also form a substantial part of the course.  You will continue to carry out experimental work and complete a further 6 assessed practicals.  The course brings in some higher level mathematics (exponential functions, logarithms and graph work) but this is covered during the course.

The practical activities carried out throughout the course will contribute towards the Practical Endorsement.  The skills, knowledge and understanding learned through both the practical and theoretical work will be assessed by three 2hour exams at the end of the 2 year course.
There is a possibility of some study visits.

Entry requirements

GCSE Science 6,6 (with a 6 in Physics if taken separately.) Grade 6 Maths.

Minimum average GCSE score required 5.


Written examination and practical endorsement. 

Financial information

Possibility of some day visits - minimal costs.

Future opportunities

This course could lead onto higher education in a science related subject or more general higher education courses.

With further training, you could go into a job related to Physics such as Architect, Electrical Engineer, Surveyor, Medical Physicist, Science Technician, Metallurgist, Radiation Protection Practitioner, or Electronics Engineer.


Further information

To find out more about this course, visit one of our Open Evenings, or speak to school/college careers staff.

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: 21 September 2017
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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

      We also run dedicated bus services to ease your journey to and from College.  See for details and route information. 

      The College also has on-site permit parking for students, with priority given to students with the greatest distance to travel.