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Physics : A Level at Gateway College

Course description

The course offers oppurtunities for students to take part in collaborative activities with the National Space Centre and with the local universities, (DMU and University of Leicester).

Course content

Module 1 - Devleopment of practical skills in physics

Module 2 - Foundations of physics

Module 3 Forces and motion

Module 4 Electrons, waves and photons

Module 5 - Newtonian world and medical physics


Component 01 assesses content from module 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Component 02 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.

Component 03 assesses content from all modules (1 to 6)


Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9 – 4 required

  • Grade B/6 or above in Maths

  • Grade C/4 and above in English Language

  • Grade 665/BBC in all three Single Sciences with a B/6 in Physics or

  • Grades BB/66 in Synergy or Trilogy combined Science


A two week induction will take place at the start of the course with an access assessment taken by all students enrolled onto the course. Throughout the year students will be assessed regularly where they will be expected to show sufficient progress.


Modelling physics (01), 2 hours 15 mins 37% of total

Exploring physics (02) 2 hours 15 mins 37% of total

Unified physics (03) 1 hour 30 mins 26% of total

Practical endorsement in physics (04) ( non-exam component)



Financial information

Free to all home students.

Future opportunities

The course provides a sound basis for further study and opens up a wide range of career opportunities including Engineering, Geophysics, Medical Physics, Meteorology, Optometry, Aerospace, Scientific Journalism and Teaching.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please visit our website at or see our prospectus.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2018
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