A Level inPhysics

The A-Level in Physics course builds on skills and knowledge gained at GCSE and covers a range of topics which give students a greater insight into principles and concepts underlying the physical world.

Specifically, we look inside the atom to the smallest constituents of matter; and in year 2 we look at the biggest ideas of all; the exploration of the universe.

Along the way we cover mechanics, electricity, fields, gases and nuclear physics too. If you are curious about the world around you, and enjoy maths, physics could be for you.

Course Content

Year 12:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

Year 13:

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • Astrophysics

Features/Benefits

The course is delivered through a wide range of teaching and learning styles, including the use of lectures, group work, PowerPoint, the College Virtual Learning Environment, and practical work. You will also complete a wide range of practicals to demonstrate your proficiency in a laboratory environment.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:
All Loughborough College Sixth Form courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:
GCSE Maths and Science (Double Science or two 'traditional' sciences) at grade 6.

Please contact the International Admissions Office for further advice. international@loucoll.ac.uk

Assessment Methods

Three x 2-hour exams
Paper 1 and Paper 2 - 35%
Paper 3 - 30%

You will complete 12 compulsory practicals over the two years and a number of skills will be assessed by your teacher. This will make up the practical endorsement (CPAC).

Progression Opportunities

This A Level offers a pathway to Higher Education in all branches of Physics, many other sciences, and most Engineering courses. Physics is highly regarded by universities and employers since it requires students to solve a wide range of problems. A Physics qualification is valuable in any profession requiring problem-solving skills, and a variety of employment routes are available, including Engineering, Finance, Banking and Teaching.

6th Form FAQs

DO YOU OFFER THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)?

  • Yes, but only to Year 2 students who have demonstrated in Year 1 that they have the academic ability to cope with this extra research project.

HOW MANY A LEVEL SUBJECTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?

  • You will need to choose three subjects minimum with a maximum of 4. See page 5 for more details on subject choices.

I’M INTERESTED IN A LEVELS BUT I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONES

  • That’s okay! We know that deciding on A Levels can be a long process and that you can change your mind—a lot.

    When you initially apply, we’ll ask you for your options, but you’re not tied down to these subjects. We’ll confirm your final choices at a later date.


DO I HAVE TO STUDY THE SUBJECT I WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AS AN A LEVEL?

  • Not always; it depends on your chosen university course. Subjects like Medicine and Architecture have very specific entry requirements, whereas you can study Psychology or Law at university without having studied them at A Level. Check university entry requirements to see if they are asking for specific subjects.

ARE A LEVELS THE ONLY ROUTE INTO UNIVERSITY?

  • No. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A Levels and many universities accept them as an alternative.

CAN I STUDY 3 A LEVELS AND BE A PART OF THE ACADEMY OF SPORT PROGRAMME?

CAN I STUDY A DIPLOMA IN SPORT AND ONE A LEVEL?

  • Yes, but it is only recommended for high-performing students due to the demands that both courses will place on timetable and ability. We will need to ensure that your combination is suitable for future progression and doesn’t clash on the timetable.

Disclaimer

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

Key Facts

Dates:

  • September 2023

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time

Level:

3

Course Duration:

2 Years

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact the International Team for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 23/24A1QPH

OUR STUDENTS SAY

“The College has invested in recent years to improve the facilities for students: “There is a big library at the college where many useful books and journals can be found. Also, computers are available for student use in the college whenever they are needed and quiet places for studying can be found as well. I really like the fact that buildings in the college are newly built and also there are some shops and cafeterias available on site”

Rated 5/5 for her overall experience as an international student at Loughborough College.

Elina Kamilova

Kazakstan