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Physics A Level at South Downs College

Course description

By studying Physics you will learn about the entire Universe, from the smallest fragment of matter to the largest assembly of galaxies, whilst being trained to think creatively and independently, analysing and solving problems in novel situations.

These are all skills highly valued by employers.

Physics is an essential subject for students intending to pursue a career in many fields of Science, including Physics, Engineering and Medicine.

Course content

Year 1 – units provide a graduated path from GCSE including:

  • Communications – electric circuits, signals, waves and optics
  • Designer materials – properties of materials and making new materials.
  • Waves and quanta – electromagnetic waves and the behaviour of photons
  • Space and time – develops classical mechanics
  • Coursework is an integral part of the AS: Measurement project and Materials report and presentation.

Year 2 – units include:

  • Models – computer models, capacitors, oscillators, orbits, gravitational fields, space & the universe
  • Matter – atoms, kinetic theory and thermal behaviour
  • Fields – electromagnetism, electric fields and potential
  • Fundamental particles – atoms, nuclear structure, radiation and risk
  • Advances in Physics – case studies, how ideas in physics work together
  • Coursework – practical investigation and research report

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics.


Assessment: Module written exams 80% and coursework 20%.


Future opportunities

A good A level pass in a range of subjects will assist a student to progress to higher education or appropriate employment. Physics combines well with other Physical and Biological Sciences, Computing and Mathematics.

Employers value a Physics qualification as it shows that you can break down problems and provide solutions.

Almost all Physics students at South Downs progress to higher education. Career paths include Sciences, Architecture, Engineering, Mathematics, ICT, Computing, Pilot, Armed Forces, Finance, Education and Management.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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