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Physics A Level at Hereford Sixth Form College

Course description

At its heart, Physics is about learning how and why things behave as they do. Physics is vital to developments in the modern world, from space science to nanophysics, from medical treatments to mobile phones. Physics makes an impact on virtually every area of our lives.

Studying Physics offers a challenging but rewarding route to understanding the world around us.

Course content

You are expected to use the written and electronic resources available to develop your understanding of basic concepts outside of lessons. Lessons will concentrate on applying these concepts to explain observations and solve problems, particularly in unfamiliar situations.

Topics in Year 1 include:

  • Measurements and their errors.
  • Particles and Radiation.
  • Waves.
  • Mechanics and Materials.
  • Electricity.

Topics in Year 2 include:

  • Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics.
  • Fields (Electric, Magnetic, Gravitational) and their consequences.
  • Nuclear Physics.
  • Astrophysics.

You will be loaned a Physics textbook and revision guides will be available from the Library. You will need your own scientific calculator and 30cm ruler.

Entry requirements


As a minimum you will usually need:

  • Grade B in GCSE Science and Additional Science, or in two separate sciences including Physics.
  • Grade 6 or B in Mathematics.


At the end of the second year there are three written exams, each lasting 2 hours. These exams cover all the content taught over the previous 2 years.

Each exam contributes one third to the overall A Level mark. There is no coursework. 

Although there is no practical exam, practical skills will be regularly assessed by the teacher during the course and a final pass/fail grade will be awarded at the end. This grade will be shown separately on your exam certificate but it does not contribute to your overall A Level mark.

Future opportunities

You will gain a qualification in a highly regarded facilitating subject that will enable you to access many degree courses, apprenticeships and employment. The analytical and problem solving skills you develop are valued in careers not necessarily related to physics, for example management, finance, law and the civil service.

Many students go on to physics degrees and courses in engineering and technology.

Further information

You may have the opportunity to attend conferences and lectures.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hereford Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017

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