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Physics A Level at Itchen College

Course description

If you are considering  a STEM based course at university or would like to go into a profession which involves Physics, this course would be a good choice.

This course is for you if... want to learn about the core principles and applications in Physics, the science dealing with the fundamental laws of the universe. want a firm foundation for further study or employment.

Course content

Physics is the science dealing with the fundamental laws of the universe. Topics studied include:

  • Practical physics
  • Foundations of physics
  • Forces and motion
  • Electrons, waves and photons
  • The Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Particles
  • Medical physics

Studying physics will teach you how to analyse problems and synthesise solutions to them. While studying physics, we keep in mind the relevance of the subject to everyday life and people’s needs. Physics is relevant to many personal, social, economic and technical aspects of our modern society and the applications of physics are particularly stressed. We aim through the course to encourage the recognition of the operation of physical concepts and principles in technological applications.

You will perform practical work both to support your understanding of the principles of physics and to enable you to acquire and develop manipulative and observational laboratory skills and to apply the understanding of principles and concepts to the design of experiments and the interpretation of results. This is an excellent preparation for practical work in higher education or employment.

The course aims to enable students to prepare for higher education, professional courses and to provide the underpinning knowledge and understanding for employment in physics based industries.

Entry requirements

Grades 9-6 in English and Maths and grade B in Science qualifications. You should have at least eight GCSEs which average grade 6 and grade B. 

It is essential to take A Level Maths with this course.

Additional guidance is available at interview. 


100% exam with a practical endorsement 

Future opportunities

Typically progression will be to a degree in an Engineering discipline or Physics. In order to enable this progression, students must usually also gain an A Level pass in Mathematics. After their degrees, many Physicists pursue postgraduate research degrees and others are employed in numerate professions such as accountancy. Many are employed by the computing and information and communication technology companies.

Further information

There will be opportunities to conduct your own research and experiments, as well as trips to universities to have a taster session of what a STEM-based degree would be like.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 August 2016

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