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Physics A Level at Reading College

Course description

A-level Physics gives you a general understanding of the foundation topics of this discipline and involves problem solving, experimentation and interpreting data. Areas covered include particle physics, mechanics, materials and waves, as well as astrophysics. Your study will involve a combination of practical exercises and theory, and will be taught in a well-equipped laboratory by our experienced staff. 

Vocational Science Route: If you wish to study more practical applied science you can apply to study either the BTEC Level 2 or Level 3 Applied Science Diplomas. Both of these courses incorporate units of study covering Physics, Biology and Chemistry.

This course can be studied as part of the Science Pathway.

Course content

Your study will look at two aspects of Physics: particle physics, and mechanics materials and waves, which develops further topics learned at GCSE. 

Your study will include the following: 

  • unit 1: particles quantum phenomenon and electricity 
  • unit 2: mechanics, material and waves
  • unit 3: investigative and practical skills in AS Physics
  • unit 4: field and further mechanics
  • unit 5: Astrophysics
  • unit 6: Investigative and practical skills in A2 Physics.

Your Physics AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study. You will have the opportunity to participate in a physics competition and attend physics study and revision days. You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a group tutorial, and they will help you set, review and achieve your targets. 

There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and move on to university. The vast majority of A-level students progress successfully to higher education. 

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs grade A*- C including a minimum grade B in maths and a minimum grade C in physics, or additional science and English Language. You must study AS Mathematics with this subject. A minimum of a D grade at AS allows you to progress on to your second year of study.


There is no formal coursework assessment on this course but you will undergo a number of timed practical and written assessments.

Financial information

The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £12,950 per year. Scholarships of up to £6,250 are available, for more information on International entries contact

Future opportunities

You could progress to higher level study such as a science, engineering or information technology degree or seek employment in a scientific field.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

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      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.