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A Level : Physics at Melton Vale Sixth Form College

Course description

Physics at Post 16 level is a context-led course relating your learning to your world and the situations in which Physics is met in real life. This course presents Physics in a more interesting way as it focuses on practical activity and the application of physics. Through the context led approach of this course you will gain experience of problem solving, numeracy skills, design and execution of experiments. The key skills of communication, application of numbers and ICT are integrated into the course.  

Course content

First Year
In the first year you will study mechanics (rectilinear motion, forces, energy and power) and materials (flow of fluids, viscosity, Stokes’ Law, properties of materials, Young modulus and elastic strain energy). Real world applications will be studied which include Physics in sport and Physics in surgery for joint replacements and lens implants. Later in the year students study waves, electricity and the wave/particle nature of light. You will learn about applications of physics in music, medicine and space technology.

Second Year
This involves the study of further mechanics (momentum and circular motion), electric and magnetic fields and particle physics. Several different contexts are explored including a modern rail transport system, communications and display techniques. Later in this final year, students study thermal energy, nuclear decay, oscillations, astrophysics and cosmology. You will discover more about space technology, medical physics and the construction of buildings in earthquake zones as well as the physical interpretation of astronomical observations, the formation and evolution of stars, and the history and future of the universe.

Entry requirements

MV16 Minimum Requirements:
To study A-Levels at MV16 you must have achieved a minimum of grade 4+ in GCSE English and Maths, plus 3 grade 6's or B's in other subject areas including any subject-specific entry requirements where stated on the individual subject pages.

Physics - Subject-specific requirements:
In addition to the MV16 minimum entry requirements you will need a minimum of two B grades (based on examination performance not coursework) in your GCSE Sciences along with a minimum of grade 6+ in GCSE Mathematics to study Physics at MV16.



There are three written examinations:

Advanced Physics 1 - 1hr 45mins written examination. This is worth 30% of the A-level

Advanced Physics 2 - 1hr 45mins written examination. This is worth 30% of the A-level

General Practical Principles in Physics - 2hr 30mins written examination.  This is worth 40% of the A-level.

Future opportunities

Physics can lead almost anywhere as the skills you will acquire are widely sought after.  Common pathways are into the scientific, medical and engineering industries.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Mr Pratt on 01664 504750, email  or visit our website

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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