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Physics A Level at Settle College

Course description

All science A Levels are changing for September 2015. Each of the three exam boards is producing new specifications to match the new programme of study. The content each specification covers has to be very similar. Additionally, there will be no controlled assessment or assessment of practical work that contributes to the final grade. Rather practical work will be assessed internally and probably externally moderated and a Pass or Fail reported separately from the final grade. However, understanding of practical skills and data will be assessed in the exams.

At the time of writing not all Physics A Level Specifications have been accredited

We currently teach AQA Physics A Specification. Whilst a specification similar to this has now been accredited, Settle College has yet to make a final decision on which specification to follow from 2015, as we wish to be able to compare all proposed specifications to select that which follows on most naturally from the GCSE Physics and Additional Science Courses.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, which must include: GCSE Science & Additional Science Grade B OR Physics & Maths Grade B


At AS there will be two exams each one and a half hours. Exact format and number of marks will depend on the specification we choose. At A-level there are three exams with a total of six hours of examined time. The length and content of each exam will depend on the specification chosen.

Future opportunities

Physics can be used as an entry qualification for a wide range of science and non-science courses at Colleges and Universities. Physics is clearly a requirement for degree courses in Physics, and is strongly recommended for degree courses in Design and Engineering disciplines and certain Medical courses (such as Radiography). It is also a useful qualification for other Science and Mathematical degree courses. Physicists are highly sought after in a wide range of careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 July 2015

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