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Physics A Level at Derby College

Course description

As you progress through the course, you will build on your knowledge of the laws of physics, applying your understanding to areas ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe.

You will quickly acquire the skills to think independently and creatively in a challenging scientific environment.  This qualification commands universal respect among universities and employers.

Course content

The course is split into six teaching modules. Modules 1 to 4 constitute the stand-alone AS Level qualification.  Modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A-level. The modules can be summarised as:

Module 1: Development of practical skills.

Module 2: Foundations of physics.

Module 3: Forces and motion.

Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons.

Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics.

Module 6: Particles and medical physics.

Entry requirements

You will need to achieve:

Five GCSE passes at grade C or above including a grade B in English Language and at least a grade B in GCSE Mathematics.

You should have a grade B in GCSE Physics with a grade C in both GCSE Biology and GCSE Chemistry or a grade B in GCSE Core Science with a grade B in GCSE Additional Science.  It is a stipulation that if you study AS Physics you should also study AS Maths or another Science at AS.


Your final AS Level grade will be determined by two examination papers at the end of your one-year course.

Your final A-level grade will be determined by three examination papers at the end of your two-year course. A practical skills element will be assessed throughout the two years and the outcome of this will be reported separately to your examination grade.

Financial information

You will need to own a scientific calculator.

Future opportunities

Studying Physics is a route to a wide variety of rewarding careers. As well as learning about how the universe works, you will gain skills that all employers value – an ability to grasp concepts quickly and a determination to search for answers, not to mention problem-solving, analytical, mathematical and practical skills.

Even if you don't end up in a physics career, these skills are still highly regarded. Studying Physics is an excellent way of keeping your options open and earning a good salary.


Further study 

This qualification is invaluable for entry to higher education courses in Engineering, Physical Sciences and Medical Physics, and it is highly desirable for Computing and Architecture.

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2016

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