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Physics is a stimulating and challenging subject which will help you to understand and explain things that go on in the world around you, from the tiniest particles to the vastness of our observable universe …


In your first year you will begin by studying Mechanics and Material Physics which will help you to understand how the everyday things around us work. A look at Waves and Electricity will further your working knowledge of our Universe and then it’s on to the weird and wonderful worlds of Quantum and Particle Physics. Not everything is as it seems!

In the second year you will focus on some Further Mechanics studies then tackle the Gravitational, Electric and Magnetic Fields. Followed by Radioactivity which will take you on to Heat and Gases theory. You will end with an optional topic.


There are trips to the University of Manchester’s Particle Physics Masterclass and events by the Northwest Science Network and Ogden Trust throughout the year. We also have regular guest speakers in college delivering talks and workshops on a variety of STEM topics.


You will sit three exams at the end of your second year and complete twelve practical investigations throughout the two years to gain the practical endorsement qualification. There is no coursework element to this subject.


The majority of Physics students go on to Higher Education, studying subjects such as Physics, Engineering and Maths. However the skills gained by studying Physics are also really useful for a whole range of careers such as meteorology, climatology, astronomy, radiography and medical physics, geophysics, environmental science, research, instrumentation technics, financial analyst, corporate finance and many, many more.


To study an A-level programme you will need to achieve 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above, including English, and you will need GCSE grade 6 in Science and Maths. It is highly recommended that students choosing to study A-level Physics also study A-level Maths.




This is a linear subject will take two years to complete. There will be no exams at the end of your first year that will count towards you final A-level qualification.


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