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Physics A Level at Harlow College

Course description

Physics enables you to study everything in the Universe, from the absolute smallest particles (quarks) to the largest structures known to man (galaxies). How does it accomplish this? By using mathematics to describe the patterns we observe in experiments. By discovering these patterns, Physics has served as a foundation for most of the engineering and technology we have today. Smartphones and cars, space stations and robots, skyscrapers and the internet, all of these have been built using Physics. So as Britain becomes more technologically advanced, the demand for engineers and physicists is higher than ever. This course is your first step towards not only entering those careers, but understanding some of the deepest mysteries of the Universe.

Course content


  • Core Physics I
  • Core Physics II


  • Advanced Physics I
  • Advanced Physics II
  • General and Practical Principles in Physics

Entry requirements

7 GCSEs Grades A* - C with an average points score of 45, plus GCSE Core and Additional Science at grade B or above and GCSE Maths at grade B or above. It is expected that you will take AA Level Mathematics alongside A Level Physics.



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Paper, pens, folder, a scientific calculator (you will be given advice on the type required) are needed along with course texts and revision guides. A memory stick for saving work is advisable. Lab coats and other protective wear for experiments will be provided by the college.

Future opportunities

The majority of Physics students progress on to higher education, with the option of studying a range of physics-based subjects (particle physics, theoretical physics, or astrophysics, for example) and can be combined with a mathematics-based degree. A degree or similar qualification in Physics could lead to a career in architecture, computing, surveying, engineering, or aviation as well as teaching.

Further information

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 April 2016
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