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Physics, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

If you’re studying Physics at OSFC you’ll have the chance to be involved in activities such as the residential to CERN, Geneva in June, the Big Bang Fair, a Particle Physics Masterclass and an Engineering Day. High profile guest speakers from Manchester University are regularly invited in to speak to students and you’ll have access to special events thanks to our resident Ogden Teaching Fellow. Our ‘Girls In Physics’ group offers support and a social network for female students and you’ll have the chance to be a Physics Ambassador.

You will be taught in the state of the art Regional Science Centre at OSFC; a facility which is designed to be used by everyone with a passion for science – from primary school children to A-level students, to industry. As the new location for OSFC’s science facilities, RSCO features laboratories with cutting edge equipment to inspire a new generation of scientists who previously may not have had the option to continue into post-16 education.


Course content

Year 1

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics Practical skills assessed in written examination and in the practical endorsement.

Module 2 – Foundations of physics Physical quantities and units. Making measurements and analysing data. Nature of quantities.

Module 3 – Forces and motion Motion. Forces in action. Work, energy and power. Materials. Newton’s laws of motion and momentum.

Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons Charge and current. Energy, power and resistance. Electrical circuits. Waves. Quantum physics.

Year 2

Module 5 – Newtonian World and Astrophysics Thermal physics. Circular motion. Oscillations. Gravitational fields. Astrophysics and cosmology.

Module 6 – Particles and Medical Physics Capacitors. Electric fields. Electromagnetism. Nuclear and particle physics. Medical imaging.


Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at


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Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

  • Durham University - Physics
  • The University of Manchester - Physics with Astrophysics
  • The University of Manchester - Medicine
  • The University of Birmingham - Physics
  • The University of Chester - Chemical Engineering

Careers Destinations

  • Astrophysics
  • Health Physics
  • Architecture
  • Engineering: Mechanical, Electrical Automotive and Aeronautical

Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • Maths with Mechanics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Electronics
  • Economics

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: 03 October 2017
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