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Physics A Level at Sandwell College

Course description

Physics is the fundamental science and the first and oldest subject that humans were ever involved with. In fact, it existed long before we did and it will continue to exist long after we are gone. Physics explores all the way from the inside of atoms out to the whole Universe (or should that be Multiverse?). And in between, it covers such things as sound, music, light, telecommunications, engineering, electricity, energy sources. If you are interested in the fundamental forces of nature and you have a good grasp of Maths, Physics is for you. Physics is also fundamental to a multitude of good career opportunities; it shows that you can think and solve problems, which is a highly valued skill for many employers.

Course content

The course has been structured to give a sample of the many specialisms of Physics that exist.

The AS qualification covers forces and motion, materials, waves, quantum phenomena and fundamental particles, as well as the essential practical and mathematical skills required to become a successful physicist.

The full A Level course covers all these topics and skills, as well as further mechanics, electric, gravitational and magnetic fields theory, radioactivity and nuclear physics, thermal physics, rotational dynamics and thermodynamics.

We cover all of these so you can see which areas you find the most interesting and would eventually like to specialise in. We even study some rocket science!

Entry requirements

All students studying for A Level would be expected to have five GCSEs A*-C in academic subjects including GCSE English Language at C or above. In order to study Physics, you are also required to have a B or better in GCSE Maths in the higher paper, plus Double Science at BB or above or Physics at B or above and an average of five Bs in your five best academic subjects.

You will need at least a grade D at AS Level to progress to A2.


Both AS and A2 Physics are assessed 80% through examinations and 20% through assessed practicals – experimental investigations carried out in class time that are then marked.

Future opportunities

There are many areas of Physics in which you can specialise at degree level (see ‘Course content’ above) but Physics at A Level is also required for a range of other subjects at University level such as Architecture, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Engineering, Geography, Geology, or for careers such as in the RAF or the Construction industry. It is also studied alongside the other sciences for those who are thinking of going on to study Chemistry or Maths at University.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandwell College directly.

Last updated date: 01 June 2016

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