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AS/A-Level Physics at Leeds City College

Course description

Physics is an exciting subject which aims to explain how things work from the smallest of particles to the immensity of galaxies and the universe.  Physics has become increasingly important in the world of work and is changing our leisure, time and influencing technology. It solves problems, helps diagnose medical conditions, creates new materials, suggests possible solutions to the energy crisis and is the science behind the internet.

The course will be delivered in modern and well equipped laboratory spaces.


Course content

Topics covered at A-Level include:

  • Atomic structure
  • Radioactivity
  • Particles and antiparticles
  • Particle interactions at the quark level
  • The photo-electric effect
  • Quantum physics
  • Electrical properties and circuit theory
  • Vectors
  • Forces
  • Linear motion and momentum
  • Material physics and the properties of waves
  • Thermal physics
  • Electrical and gravity fields.


Entry requirements

The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A-Level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.

For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.

Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A-Levels.

Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A-Level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A-Level subjects.

Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance. In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.

Additional entry criteria - Either GCSE A*-B in Biology and another science (or in Core and Additional Science) and GCSE Grade A*-B/9.9-5 in GCSE Maths.


There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment.  Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed.  The course may involve a mix of assignment and examinations.

Future opportunities

As a discipline, physics is used in many areas of industry including engineering, health and biomedicine, public services, utilities, environmental monitoring, education, computing, plus many more.

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: 07 November 2017
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