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AS and A Level: Physics at Loughborough College

Course description

Do you enjoy practical work? Are you interested in why things happen: how the sun shines (occasionally), how the TV and your mobile phone work, and how electricity arrives at your house?

Would you like to be able to explain some of these effects and a great many more? Would you like to know a little about what scientists are looking for at the Large Hadron Collider? If you can answer yes to most of these questions, and you are reasonably competent in maths, then AS and A Level Physics may be for you.

Course content

Year 1:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

These topics are assessed by two 1.5-hour exams in June leading to an AS qualification.

Year 2:

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • Astrophysics

These topics, plus the content of Year 1, are assessed by three two-hour exams in June. For students wishing to obtain the full A level qualification, the result of the AS exam is not taken into account in awarding the A Level grade.

In each year, there are a series of six practical experiments. These are carried out in class and teacher-assessed. Assuming the required level is reached, the result is recorded as a "pass in practical skills", alongside the AS or A Level grade.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE Maths at grade 6 and GCSE Science (Double Science or two ‘traditional’ Sciences) at grade 6
  • All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, visit us at an Open Day, email or call 01509 618375.

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: 10 October 2017
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