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Physics at UTC Sheffield City Centre

Course description

Physics underpins Engineering, particularly at degree level.

It includes sections of classical mechanics, forces, materials, electrical and electronic, nuclear and particle, thermodynamics and electromagnetism.

Why study A-Level Physics?

Physics is academically challenging, so it lets you show what you can do and is often used to differentiate between candidates for jobs, apprenticeships and university places. 

Studying Physics will develop your problem solving ability. It will enable you to gain access to a wide range of University courses and technical qualifications from engineering to medicine. 

You will develop a proper understanding of the world around you, combining analysis, calculations, explanations and how to test your ideas.


Course content

The A-level course is a mix of theoretical and practical modules. Modules on practical skills in physics and foundations of physics are included in all exams.

1st Year modules (AS)

The AS course consists of:

Forces and Motion, based on forces, energy, power, materials, Newton’s laws, and momentum

Electrons, Waves and Photons, including electrical circuits, current electricity, waves and quantum physics

2nd Year Modules

The second year includes all the AS content and:

Newtonian Physics and Astrophysics, including thermal, circular motion and oscillations, Gravity and Astrophysics.

Particles and Medical Physics with electric fields, capacitors, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle and medical imaging.


Entry requirements

Grade 6 or better Science or Physics plus at least a Grade 6 in Maths.

Students must select a Technical Specialism subject alongside this course.



Full terminal examinations.

Formative Progress Tracker Reports every 6 weeks.

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Future opportunities

Leads to degree level courses at University, including physics, maths, engineering, computing and medicine.

Further information

Please come along to our Post 16 information evening on Wednesday 6 March 2019 for further information.

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 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 50

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    • UTC Sheffield is a state-of-the-art modern Technical College.  The building has been designed to inspire students and showcase their work. The venue provides an environment that is welcoming, spacious, exciting and adaptable to respond to the future needs of the College.  It offers not only high quality learning environments but also a rooftop, multi-use sports pitch and an all-day restaurant - all in the heart of Sheffield's Creative and Digital Industries quarter close to the main railway and bus stations.