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A Level

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Physics, A-Level HF-PHYSAL-D(0000)000

Havant Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time

Academic Year 2023-24 (2 years)

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Physics is the most fundamental science. You will learn about the entire Universe, from the sub-nuclear particles to the largest assembly of galaxies whilst being trained to think creatively and independently. Physics involves analysing and solving problems in novel situations;  the same idea and theory can be used many times so you don’t need to remember as much as in  some subjects.

You will find out about topics such as how stars form, antimatter, dark matter, how generators work, what photons are and what is special about them, how radioactivity can be used to do medical diagnosis and how music is linked to physics and mathematics.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language. You will also need a grade 6 or above in Mathematics and two Sciences.

On this course at HSDC Havant, you will cover the following topics:

  • Waves and oscillations
  • Electricity
  • Motion and forces
  • Materials and energy
  • The quantum world
  • Gravitation and astrophysics
  • Electric and magnetic fields
  • Gases, nuclear and particle physics
  • Medical imaging

The course highlights many of the ways Physics is used in our lives today. 

The teaching of this course includes a variety of methods including presentations, video clips, simulations, challenges and demonstrations. We have a large collection of Physics equipment and some of this is used every week. The dedicated laboratories are spacious and you will regularly carry out experimental work in small groups. The teachers are experienced and will guide you according to your ability. Your learning will be enhanced by the regular use of a software package which contains automatically marked tests, support sheets and the electronic textbook. 

The course is assessed by examinations taken at the end of the course.
Over the two years, you will gain practical skills from carrying out experiments and the set of experiments will lead to you gaining a practical endorsement.

A Level Physics lays the groundwork for a range of 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. Some of the most related degrees and careers that students have gone on to include physics, radiography, theoretical physics, astrophysics, architecture, engineering, mathematics, ICT, piloting, finance, education and management or into the Armed Forces.

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

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

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at the college.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student