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Physics A level at Wilberforce College

Course description

If you’re interested in the study of matter, energy and the interaction between them, bring out your inventive and industrious nature with A Level Physics.

This is one of the most useful courses to study, because most jobs and university courses involve Physics in some way! Even if it’s not the exact science that you will learn on this course, employers and university lecturers know that you will have the ability to look at problems and challenges and find solutions.

Course content


In the first year you will study three modules. The foundations of physics covers the basic skills needed to study physics at advanced level.  The Forces and motion module looks at how objects move and what causes this to happen. It also looks at how materials behave under stress.

The module Electrons, Waves & Particles looks at basic electrical circuits, different types of waves and how these scientific models can be used to describe the world around us.


In the second year you will study two modules called the Newtonian World and Frontiers of Modern Physics. The Newtonian World develops the work from the first year in mechanics including how objects rotate and oscillate backwards and forwards. It also looks at how gases behave and how heat energy effect materials. Frontiers of Modern Physics introduce the ideas of Electromagnetism, Capacitors and Radioactivity. You will then study three areas where the physics you have studied are used, Medical Imaging, Particle Physics and Astro Physics.

Entry requirements

Five A* - C grades at GCSE including a grade C in GCSE English Language.

A minimum of a grade B in either GCSE Physics, Chemistry or Biology or a double B in General Science. A minimum of a grade B in GCSE Mathematics, BTEC Level 2 Distinction may qualify.


You will take 3 examinations at the end of year two based on the full two years of work. These are the only examinations that count towards the final A level grade. There will also be a practical endorsement qualification which will be assessed on your practical work throughout the two years.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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