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Physics

Physics plays a pivotal role in the study of the universe, from the smallest subatomic particles to the largest galaxies. Discoveries in physics have led to revolutionary inventions and contribute to technological innovations.

You will have the opportunity to explore everything from mechanics, particles and quantum phenomena to electricity, astrophysics, medical physics, applied physics.

Physics is highly valued by employers and universities as it demonstrates your analytical and problem-solving abilities. The skills you will develop will help you in a wide variety of careers, from science to business and finance.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

During this two year A level, you will study the following:

  • Particles, quantum phenomena and electricity
  • Mechanics, materials and waves
  • Investigative and practical skills
  • Fields and further mechanics
  • Nuclear and thermal physics

You will also have the opportunity to choose from the following units:

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Applied physics
  • Turning points in physics

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of examinations at the end of year 13 and investigative and practical skills assessments.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C or above) including English and a grade 5 or 6 (equivalent to grade B) in maths and science or separate sciences.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Studying A level Physics allows you to progress on to a range of university degrees from physics, engineering and computer science to medicine, health studies or sports science.

This A level is the first step to a range of interesting careers within fields such as:

  • Medicine
  • Space and astronomy
  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Technology

Ref: Joanne Greenhalgh

What our tutors say...

"Do you want to learn how the world works and how everything is held together? Are you fascinated by the fundamental particles that make up matter? Then choose to study Physics and learn about the very thing that makes you and everything around you exist."

Martyn, Physics Tutor

Why choose our A Level Academy?

Dedicated Support

Our class sizes are small and the support focussed to help you to stay on track with your studies.

Excellent Progression

We have progression routes that lead to university, a higher apprenticeship or employment.

Tailored Subjects

Study three A levels or choose a Professional Skills Programme to help you prepare for your future.

Transport Links

Getting to St Helens College is easier than ever with our free bus pass and dedicated bus service.

UCAS Applications

Experienced tutors provide support with UCAS applications and personal statements.

Student Experience

Gain insight from industry guest speakers, travel abroad and in the UK and compete in competitions.