Physicists look for the hidden laws as to why all matter and energy exists, where it comes from and its behaviour. These laws can then be used to develop new materials and technologies to improve our lives and explore further into everything from the tiniest particles to stars and the universe.
5 April 2021 (in Brighton only)
6 September 2021
3 January 2022
Academic: Completed 10 years of schooling (GCSE or equivalent)
English: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
2 Academic Years (3 terms)
We also offer a One-Year A-level in Physics and an entry from Year 12.
Average 7 hours per week for each A-level subject (plus homework and private study)
Gain UK national university entrance qualification
Raise English to university level
Develop study skills required at degree level
Develop specialist subject expertise
Course content and structure
The following syllabus outline is based on AQA exam board content. Please note that exam boards may vary from college to college.
2nd: term starts 15th January: UCAS deadline (other subjects)
9th – 10th: half term Progress tests
17th: term ends Mock exams
3rd: term starts Progress tests
9th June: term ends
Below is a list of books which may help you prepare for your studies prior to arrival. Please note that additional books, and online resources such as websites and journals will be shared once you begin your course.
AQA Physics A Level Student Book, Jim Breithaupt
A short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
The Grand Design, Stephen Hawkin and Leonard Mlodinow Newton, Peter Ackroyd
The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen, Brian Coxm and Jeff Forshaw
Physics is a challenging and interesting subject which will helps students who take the subject at A-level to understand the world and universe around them. Some students go on to study Physics at university, and others who study A-level Physics apply their knowledge in another subject area at university. Examples of this are the many branches of engineering, electronics and meteorology. For these careers, A-level Physics is essential.
Other students choose to study Physics because they feel that it will be useful even if not essential for their career. Those intending to follow a career in medicine or biochemistry often fall into this category.
Example degree courses which generally require Physics A-level include: