Physics A Level

Level A-level

What will I study?

You will study forces, motion, electrons, waves and photons in the first year. Throughout this subject and especially in the second year you will apply your knowledge to astrophysics, motion and electromagnetism. You will learn how to use physical quantities and units, scalars and vectors. Practical work is an important aspect, and students generally do one a week (no separate coursework component); students keep a lab book to evidence their skills. Goes well with Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Computing in particular.

Is this course right for me?

Successful physics students enjoy maths and particularly algebra. They are curious about how things work and thrive on the challenges of problem solving. They work effectively both on their own and in groups. They work carefully and with precision in both their practical and written work. Students will succeed most if they are self-motivated independent learners. Flipped learning is used for all topics, lessons are interactive and build upon independent study. There are lots of opportunities to get help and support from the department. Mathematical fluency is vital for success at A level. We run an ‘in-house’ Maths for Physics course for students who do not do A level Maths but this does not lead to a qualification.

Where next?

Physics is useful for a very wide range of careers. Other than pure physics you could consider careers in engineering, astrophysics, geophysics, materials science, forensic science. Our students go on to careers in these disciplines as well as medicine, mathematics, computing, finance, law and many other areas.

Minimum entry requirements

B/6 in Maths GCSE and two B/6s in two Science GCSEs inc. Physics or Additional Science (not Applied Science). Please make sure that you have also looked at and understand the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.