A-Level Physics

Course Information

  • Course Code: 9536
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Validated by: Oxford, Cambridge & RSA.
Overview

Physics is one of the most exciting and interesting subjects you can study and it is crucial in understanding the world around us. Discoveries in physics have led to revolutionary inventions, including light bulbs, aeroplanes and the internet, and will certainly contribute to future technological innovations. Physicists study the universe from the smallest subatomic particles to the largest galaxies, combining imagination with systematic reasoning to unlock many of the universe’s secrets.

 

What will I study?

In the first year, you will study:

  • Development of practical skills in physics
  • Fundamental data analysis
  • Physics in action
  • Understanding processes


In the second year, you will study:

  • Rise and fall of the clockwork universe
  • Field and particle physics
Entry Requirements

In addition to the general Sixth Form entry requirements (5 Cs at GCSE or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs), you will also need a minimum of a GCSE Grade 5 in Maths.

Important Information

It is expected that students choosing A-Level Physics concurrently study A-Level Mathematics in order to fully understand, access and achieve success on the physics course.  It should be noted that A-Level Mathematics is also an essential entry requirement to study Physics or Engineering at the majority of universities.

How will I be assessed?

There are 2 written exams in year one and three written exams in year two alongside a series of practical endorsements.  

What can I do next?

Further Study at university in a wide range of Physics disciplines from the medical to the astronomical.

Physics is also a firm grounding for further study in Engineering, Electronics, Computing, Mathematics and other core Sciences. Physics is unrivalled at providing analytical skills, which are highly transferable to a wide range of other subjects.

Your Study Programme

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A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.

Physics students visit Lancaster University

Thanks to the partnership Blackburn College Sixth Form has in place with Lancaster University, A-Level Physics students were able to come and visit their professional laboratories that are situated at their Bailrigg campus. 

During their visit, students had the opportunity to experiment with particle accelerators and microwaves.

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