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Physics (A-level)

As you progress through this 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.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: A Levels
School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
Joseph Wright Centre

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/physics-a-level
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Course Information for Students

As you progress through this 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.

If you are interested in studying A-level Physics, you may also be interested in our alternative pathway, T-level in Engineering and Manufacturing Design Development. All A-level applicants are encouraged to research alternative pathways before accepting their offer to study A-levels.

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language at grade 5 and Maths at grade 6.

In addition, you should have GCSE Combined Science at grade 6,6 or above.  If you have taken Triple Science, then Physics must be at grade 6, with the other two sciences at grade 4.

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.

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

This course will be delivered on-site at the Joseph Wright Centre.

You will need to own a scientific calculator.

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.

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.

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering curriculum, please contact us via email on businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information



This course could lead to one of these careers...

Physical Scientists

£38550

Physical Scientists

More Careers Information at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/career-pathways
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Course Information Last Updated On: February 15, 2024 3:32 pm