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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 2225.00****

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Course Summary

As you progress through the course, you will build on your knowledge of the laws of physics, applying your understanding to areas ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe.

You will quickly acquire the skills to think independently and creatively in a challenging scientific environment. This qualification commands universal respect among universities and employers.

Entry requirements

You will need to achieve:

  • Five GCSE passes at grade 4 or above, including a grade 5 in English Language and at least a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.
  • A grade 6 in GCSE Physics with a grade 4 in both GCSE Biology and GCSE Chemistry or a grade 6 in Combined GCSE Science.  It is a stipulation that if you study Physics you should also study Maths or another Science at A-level.

Course Content

The course is split into six teaching modules which, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A-level. The modules can be summarised as:

Module 1: Development of practical skills

Module 2: Foundations of physics

Module 3: Forces and motion

Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons

Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics

Module 6: Particles and medical physics

How will I be assessed?

Your A-level grade will be determined by three examination papers at the end of your two-year course. A practical skills element will be assessed throughout the two years and the outcome of this will be reported separately to your examination grade.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to own a scientific calculator.

What can I do after this course?

Careers

Studying Physics is a route to a wide variety of rewarding careers. As well as learning about how the universe works, you will gain skills that all employers value – an ability to grasp concepts quickly and a determination to search for answers, not to mention problem-solving, analytical, mathematical and practical skills.

Even if you don't end up in a physics career, these skills are still highly regarded. Studying Physics is an excellent way of keeping your options open and earning a good salary.

Further study 

This qualification is invaluable for entry to higher education courses in Engineering, Physical Sciences and Medical Physics, and it is highly desirable for Computing and Architecture.

Find out more about this subject, including careers and further study opportunities, at physics.org

 

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Emily Gray

Emily Gray

Peak Award Winner Emily now studying for master’s in Australia

Former Peak Award winner Emily Gray was motivated to achieve “more than she ever thought she was capable of” while studying for A levels at Derby College.   And, since leaving Joseph Wright Centre 10 years ago, she has quite literally gone a long way – to university in Melbourne, Australia, to take a Master of Education degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis.  
 
Now 27, Emily received a Peak Award for Academic Studies after performing well in her sociology, history and psychology A levels and EPQ, the Extended Project Qualification.   While on her psychology degree course at the University of Leeds, Emily embarked on a study year at Monash University in Melbourne.  
 
And, since graduating, she has taught English in Peru, volunteered and worked in Sri Lanka and travelled in Australia before settling in Melbourne with her partner.  
 
Currently studying for her master’s at Monash University, Emily also works as a site manager at a centre-based intervention service based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for pre-school aged children on the autism spectrum.  
 
She ultimately wants to become a clinical psychologist or clinical director of an agency providing ABA.  
 
Commenting on her Peak Award in 2009, Emily added that it was “really unexpected and a huge honour.” She included the award in her CV and found it was “something she was able to talk about in interviews.”            

My lecturers were fantastic!  They were really passionate about their subject, particularly psychology lecturer Glyn Pickering, who motivated me and pushed me to achieve more than I thought I was capable of.


I also got great support at Derby College in applying for university and higher education. I was able to go on a residential trip to experience Oxford University, and received specialist and individual help with my application, personal statement and interview preparation.

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