The A-Level in Physics course builds on skills and knowledge gained at GCSE
and covers a range of topics which give students a greater insight into
principles and concepts underlying the physical world.
Specifically, we look inside the atom to the smallest constituents of matter; and in year 2 we look at the biggest ideas of all; the exploration of the universe.
Along the way we cover mechanics, electricity, fields, gases and nuclear physics too. If you are curious about the world around you, and enjoy maths, physics could be for you.
- Measurements and their errors
- Particles and radiation
- Mechanics and materials
- Further mechanics and thermal physics
- Fields and their consequences
- Nuclear physics
The course is delivered through a wide range of teaching and learning styles, including the use of lectures, group work, PowerPoint, the College Virtual Learning Environment, and practical work.
- GCSE Maths at grade 6 and GCSE Science (Double Science or two ‘traditional’ Sciences) at grade 6
- All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.
100% exam in both years.
AS: Two x 1.5 hour exams
A-Level: Three x 2 hour exams.
Practical skills are asssessed in class as the course is delivered and is reported separately.
For those with an enquring mind and some mathematical ability, physics is fascinating in its own right. It is a pathway to Higher Education in all the branches of phyics, many other sciences, and most engineering courses.
Physics is highly regarded by universities and employers since it requires students to solve a wide range of problems. Many employment routes are available including engineering, finance, banking, and teaching; indeed a physics qualifiation is valuable in any profession that requires problem solving skills.
6th Form FAQs
DO YOU OFFER THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)?
- Yes, but only to Year 2 students who have demonstrated in Year 1 that they have the academic ability to cope with this extra research project.
HOW MANY A LEVEL SUBJECTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?
- You will need to choose three subjects minimum with a maximum of 4. See page 5 for more details on subject choices.
I’M INTERESTED IN A LEVELS BUT I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONES
- That’s okay! We know that deciding on A Levels can be a long process and
that you can change your mind—a lot.
When you initially apply, we’ll ask you for your options, but you’re not tied down to these subjects. We’ll confirm your final choices at a later date.
DO I HAVE TO STUDY THE SUBJECT I WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AS AN A LEVEL?
- Not always; it depends on your chosen university course. Subjects like Medicine and Architecture have very specific entry requirements, whereas you can study Psychology or Law at university without having studied them at A Level. Check university entry requirements to see if they are asking for specific subjects.
ARE A LEVELS THE ONLY ROUTE INTO UNIVERSITY?
- No. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A Levels and many universities accept them as an alternative.
CAN I STUDY 3 A LEVELS AND BE A PART OF THE ACADEMY OF SPORT PROGRAMME?
- Yes. Visit the Academy of Sport pages for more information.
CAN I STUDY A DIPLOMA IN SPORT AND ONE A LEVEL?
- Yes, but it is only recommended for high-performing students due to the demands that both courses will place on timetable and ability. We will need to ensure that your combination is suitable for future progression and doesn’t clash on the timetable.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.
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