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Physics A Level at Worcester Sixth Form College

Course description

Physicists are involved in an immense range of activities from developing materials for artificial hip joints to designing fusion reactors that emulate the sun. They need to be able to solve problems, think logically and adapt their ideas to new situations. A Physics qualification is highly valued by many employers and Higher Education institutions. There is a tremendous demand from universities for students with some Physics background.

Course content

  • Significant amount of practical work (mostly in pairs)
  • Practical work integrated with course
  • Emphasis on applications of Physics

Entry requirements

  • Maths GCSE B at Higher Tier
  • English GCSE grade C or above
  • Average GCSE score 5.8 Higher Tier in GCSE Additional Science or Physics at grade B  or above. Must take AS Maths/Use of Maths (exception by agreement with Department).
  • Desirable: AS Maths (Mechanics) is the preferred option

Commitment to practical experiment. Willingness to apply IT

Assessment

The A Level will be assessed by external exams. There is no practical assessment, but some exam questions will relate directly to experiments carried out during the course. Students are able to achieve an experimental Physics endorsement which is in addition to the grade gained on the examination papers. This requires students to keep some record of their experimental work during the two years of the course.

Future opportunities

A high percentage of students will go onto university to study Physics or closely associated subjects, such as Mathematics or branches of Engineering, for which A Level Physics is often a prerequisite. 

Further information

Resources and Facilities

  • All teaching is in modern well-equipped laboratories
  • State of the art Science Centre
  • Computer facilities in the laboratories and ICT is used in a range of experiments.

Extra-curricular Activities

These include Masterclasses at Birmingham University and activities organised in conjunction with the College's Science Academy programme such as lectures given by physicists at the forefront of their field of research. We have a computer controlled 150mm reflecting telescope which students can borrow to capture images of the heavens.

 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
  • Web url: www.wsfc.ac.uk

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