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Physics A Level at New College Nottingham

Course description

Studying physics gives you a fascinating insight into the universe, looking in depth at how it came into existence and the scientific principles which govern our world. 

This is a challenging but very rewarding course for anyone who enjoys problem solving and wants answers to the big questions about space, time, matter and energy. 

To ensure you’re fully geared up to succeed in physics, it’s expected you’ll also be studying A Level maths. 

Course content

You will use maths skills and scientific reasoning to find answers to your questions about how the world works. This exciting and challenging course is highly regarded by universities and future employers. Topics include: mechanics, materials, electricity, waves, quantum physics, further mechanics, fields, thermal physics, nuclear and particle physics, amongst others. 

Entry requirements

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C  including English Language and a grade B in Maths. You'll also need a grade B in Additional Science or Physics if you have studied the three separate sciences at GCSE. You’ll also need to be intending to study A Level maths. BTEC and GCSE Applied Science are not accepted for entry purposes. 

Please note that all students will be required to take an initial maths assessment.


You’ll undertake theoretical exams and practical tasks.

Future opportunities

You could progress to a related higher education course such as physics, engineering, medicine, health studies or sport science. 

If you would like to find out more about how this could unfold for you, our advisors are on hand to help – just click the Contact an Advisor option to the right.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Nottingham directly.

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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    • The original High Pavement Grammar School was established in 1788 and it wasn't until 1975 that it turned from grammar school into a sixth form centre. In 1999 the centre merged with New College Nottingham and since then has occupied a prime position on the edge of Nottingham Trent University's City campus, giving our A Level students a real insight into University life, before they've even got there.

      High Pavement is home to ncn's A Level courses and with 30 or so to choose from, our students have variety and choice, as well as great on site facilities, fantastic tutors and amazing opportunities during their time with us. Overseas trips, one-to-one support with UCAS personal statements and guest speakers from the UK's top Universities are the norm here at High Pavement and that's why our students tell us time and time again that coming to High Pavement has opened their mind to opportunities and experiences they never knew existed.