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Physics - A level at City College

Course description


The course is divided into eight topic areas:

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  7. Fields and their consequences
  8. Nuclear physics

In addition there is an optional unit that students must take from one of the following: Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics, Turning points in Physics, Electronics.

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1, particles, quantum phenomenon and electricity

Unit 2, Mechanics materials and waves


Year 2

Unit 3, Fields and further mechanics

Optional units taken from Astrophysics, applied physics or turning points in physics

Entry requirements

B Grade in sciences plus 6 in Maths.


Course is divided into 3 examinations to be taken at the end of the course.

Paper 1 is a written exam lasting 2 hours covering any content from topics 1–5,  

Paper 2 is a written exam lasting 2 hours covering any content from topics 6-8

Paper 3 is a written exam lasting 2 hours covering practical skills and data analysis in addition to being examined on the optional unit of choice

Financial information

The course is open to anyone who is aged 16-18 on the 31st August,  in the year that the course starts

Future opportunities

Studying Physics gives students the opportunity to progress onto a Physics or engineering based degree at university or enter the job market directly and train within industry sectors such as the nuclear or energy industries. Future careers can include Aerospace, Astrophysics, Nanotechnology, Computing, Radiology, Optometry, Medicine, Armed Forces e.g. Pilot.

Further information

To find out more information please contact City College, on 01782 853535 or at

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 May 2018
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