Physics, A-Level


Physics is a ticket to understanding the most fundamental science. You’ll learn about the entire universe, from the tiniest fragment of matter to the hugest assembly of galaxies, to encourage independent and creative thinking. 

This course involves analysing and solving problems, skills highly valued by universities and employers alike. You’ll study materials, waves and oscillations, electricity, capacitors, photons and quantum mechanics, space, astrophysics and the universe, gravitation, electric and magnetic fields, matter, nuclear physics, medical physics, practical skills and measurement. Physics combines well with STEM and earth sciences. 

Physics is the most fundamental of the natural sciences: it combines the study of the basic ingredients of matter starting at the quantum level; it enables the creation of new materials; and it challenges us with the discoveries of modern astrophysics and cosmology. 

A Level Physics lays the groundwork for all such concepts and most students go on to study physics-based subjects at university, or related disciplines like engineering. Physics is also an asset if you aim to study medicine, veterinary science or natural sciences.


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Physics, A Level HF-PHYSAL-D(1718)000

Havant Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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The entry requirements to an A Level programme is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.

You will also need GCSE grade 6 or above in Mathematics plus GCSE grade 6 or above in two science subjects.

Modern society relies on the work of many people who need to have a working knowledge and understanding of Physics.  From Medicine to the Media; Accountancy to Aerospace Research; Computing to Conservation – in these and many more careers areas you will find people who studied Physics whilst at College doing A Levels. An advanced Physics course can open the door to excellent career opportunities.


You will gain useful skills working in well-equipped laboratories. A Level Physics will help you to develop your abilities in areas such as problem solving and logical thinking. Physics at A Level builds on the work you have already done in GCSE. If you particularly want to go on to study a Science, Engineering or Medical course at university. Physics will give an excellent basis for you to progress.



You’ll study topics which reflect the exciting ways recent developments in Science and Technology have had direct impact on our lives. 

  • Mechanics: how the laws of motion and forces apply to modern sports and to car safety. 
  • Electrons, Waves and Photons: how electrical resistance is used in mapping archaeological sites, and the physics ideas underlying musical instruments and lasers
  • Newtonian World and Astrophysics: how to calculate the correct orbit for a geostationary satellite and ponder the evolution of the Universe
  • Particles and medical Physics: modern applications of physics in medicine and at particle physics



All of our lecturers are leading subject and industry professionals. The College offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, group discussions, problem solving, data handling, experimental and observational tasks. This course also contains statistical analysis. Students have access to our extensive ILT resources through our Virtual Learning Environment as well as lecturer and peer support.

We use digital innovation in delivering teaching and learning. On the Havant Campus, Google of Education technology is embedded throughout the College curriculum and the South Downs Campus is a Microsoft Academy, equipping you with skills in industry-recognised cloud-based applications for your onward career journey. 

Physics is taught within our well-equipped and modern science labs.

We have excellent links with local companies and universities, particularly the University of Southampton, where you’ll take part in various extension activities. You’ll be encouraged to enter competitions, including the Physics Olympiad and attend talks by guest speakers. You may also opt to take relevant Open University modules. 

You may get the opportunity to visit CERN, Geneva and The Science Museum, London.


Physics is a two year linear course, this means it is studied for two years with exams at the end of the course.

Over these two years you will be given the opportunity to gain a Practical Endorsement. This endorsement will be based on experimental work and be a clarification of your experimental skills. At the end of the two years your A Level grade will be based on written exams.

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My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student

My experience at the college has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level student

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student


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