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Physics at Dudley Sixth

Course description

This course will provide you with knowledge and understanding of facts, principles and concepts from different areas of physics that are applied to real life situations.

Course content

Unit 1 - Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity

Topics include:

  • Particles and radiation (atom, stable and unstable nuclei, classification of particles and their antiparticles, photons and particle interactions particles)
  • Electromagnetic radiation and quantum phenomena (photoelectric effect, collisions of electrons with atoms, energy levels and photoemission, wave-particle duality)
  • Electricity (charge, current, potential difference, resistivity, direct current circuits, alternating currents and use of oscilloscopes).
Unit 2 - Mechanics, Waves and Materials

Topics include:

  • Mechanics (scalars and vectors, moments, motion in a straight line, projectile motion, Newton’s laws of motion, work energy and power)
  • Waves (types of waves, refraction, superposition of waves, stationary, interference and diffraction)
  • Materials (density, stress and strain, Hooke’s Law and Young’s Modulus).
Unit 3 - Fields and Further Mechanics

Topics include:

  • Further mechanics (momentum, circular motion, simple harmonic systems, forced vibrations and resonance)
  • Fields (gravitational, electric and magnetic).
Unit 4 - Nuclear and Thermal Physics

Topics include:

  • Thermal physics (specific heat, ideal gas laws, internal energy and kinetic theory)
  • Nuclear physics (radioactivity, nuclear instability, mass and energy, fusion and fission)
  • Plus option from astrophysics, medical physics, applied physics, turning points in physics.

Entry requirements

You will require two B grades in double award or triple with a B in physics, science, plus grade 6 in maths, in addition to the general entry requirements. It is strongly recommended that students taking physics should also study maths.


Written examinations plus coursework.

Financial information

Studying at Dudley Sixth is free of charge, but if other costs are a barrier to you studying with us, we aim to help you to access financial support. Examples of support that could be available include:

Bursary fund

Students aged 16-18 attending a full-time further education course can apply for help with college related costs to the 16-18 Bursary Fund. More information about the 16-18 Bursary can be found at the website: or call 01384 363 555.

Care to Learn

Students aged under 20 needing help with childcare may be eligible for help with costs. More information is available from or call 0300 303 8610.

Free meals

The government has introduced a new scheme to provide free meals for eligible learners in Further Education. The purpose of this new scheme is to enable students who claim benefits or live with parents/guardians who claim benefits to access a healthy meal whilst at college without the cost becoming a burden. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Learner support fund

If you're 19 before you finish your studies then help is available through the Learner Support Fund (19+) which provides means-tested grants to help students aged 19+ with any additional costs of studying. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Free Bus Pass

If you are 16-18, and a student of Dudley Sixth, you will be eligible* for a free bus pass, as long as you live one mile away or further from where we are based, and are not already in receipt of other financial support.

*Students with disabilities who are unable to access public transport may still be able to receive help.

If you have costs other than those mentioned here, which make it difficult for you to start or complete a course, you should still apply for help.

Future opportunities

Higher education or employment. Medicine, environmental science, physics, engineering (mechanical and electrical).

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: 09 February 2017
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