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Physics at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Physics?

Our Physics A Level is delivered by experienced, specialist teachers, in well-equipped laboratories. Practical work is delivered as an integral part of the course and plenty of study materials are provided and there are always opportunities for support with work.

Enrichment activities in Physics include visits to local universities and industrial sites relevant to the course. You will also have the opportunity to participate in competitions, such as the CERN competition at Birmingham University, we even schedule a visit to CERN each year! Several of our Physics students have also taken part in master classes in Cosmology, Particle Physics and Engineering in other university based courses.

By studying Physics at Runshaw there is a real potential for progression onto a wide range of university degrees leading to careers in Engineering, Physical Sciences and Medicine. You will also develop analytical, numerical and problem-solving skills that are valuable in a wide range of occupations and activities.

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 62% of students achieving A*-B grades, with 38% achieving A*-A grades.

What will I study?

You will study topics which reflect modern developments in, and applications of, Physics:

  • Electricity
  • Mechanics
  • Particles and quantum phenomena
  • Radioactivity and nuclear energy
  • Waves and fields
  • Astrophysics

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.

For Physics specifically, this should include:

  • Grade 6 Maths; AND
  • Grade 66 in Combined Science OR Grade 6 in Physics

Please note students must also enrol onto Maths.

Assessment

How is the course assessed?

You will be assessed by three written examinations at the end of the two years. Practical work will be assessed throughout the course and will be shown as an endorsement on the final certificate.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

There is potential for progression onto a wide range of university degrees leading to careers in engineering, physical sciences and medicine. You will also develop analytical, numerical and problem-solving skills that are valuable in a wide range of occupations and activities.

Where are you going?

  • Astrophysicist
  • Engineer
  • Medic
  • Meteorologist
  • Teacher

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

  • Mathematics – Physics involves a large number of calculations and you must also take Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • 3D Design

Our website also contains up to date further information on all courses that we offer. Please visit https://www.runshaw.ac.uk/courses.

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: 02 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LAPHYSI

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