A-Level Physics

Course Information

  • Course Code: 7888-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: Oxford, Cambridge & RSA.
  • Study mode: Full Time
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

To study A-Level Physics you will need 5 x C/4  grades at GCSE, including English Language. 

You will also need a minimum of a GCSE Grade B/5 in Maths.

Important Information

It is expected that students choosing A-Level Physics should also  study A-Level Mathematics in order to fully understand, access and achieve success on the physics course.   

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.

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Career Options

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  • £
    38,000
    + starting salary
  • Varied hours per week

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To become an airline pilot, you will need to have good teamwork skills. You’ll need good concentration and hand-to-eye coordination. And you’ll also need to be able to remain calm, and take charge in an emergency.

There are different ways to get into this career from private courses or training with an airline, through to learning at a university.?

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Medical Physicist

  • £
    25,000
    + starting salary
  • 37.5 hours per week

As a medical physicist, you would work as a specialist in healthcare science (also known as clinical science). You would research and develop techniques and equipment used by medical staff to diagnose illness and treat patients.

If you are interested in physics, and want to work in healthcare, then this career could suit you well. You will also need excellent communication skills, and be able to work well in a team.

To become a medical physicist, you will need to have a degree in physics, and then complete the three-year NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).

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Physicist

  • £
    21,000
    + starting salary
  • 37 to 40 hours per week

Physicists study the world around us and try to uncover the laws which govern how and why objects exist and behave as they do. Their research and findings act as the scientific basis for developments in all kinds of technology from communications and energy efficiency to space and satellites.

If you're good at science and maths, and a logical thinker, being a physicist could be the career for you. You'll also need an enquiring mind and the ability to communicate well.

To get into this job you will usually need a degree in physics, applied physics or a related science or engineering subject. You may also need a relevant postgraduate qualification such as an MSc, MPhil or PhD.

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Clinical Scientist

  • £
    25,000
    + starting salary
  • 37.5 hours per week

Clinical scientists (or healthcare scientists) use their knowledge of science to help prevent, diagnose and treat illness. They research and develop the techniques and equipment used by medical staff.

If you are interested in science and technology, and you want to work in healthcare, this job could be ideal for you. You will also need excellent communication skills, and be able to work well in a team.

To become a clinical scientist, you will need to have a degree in a relevant science subject, and then complete the three-year NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).?

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Acoustics Consultant

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

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In this job you would need to be creative and have a practical approach to problem solving. Strong spoken and written communication skills will also help you to explain your design plans clearly. You would need to have a broad knowledge of environmental legislation and standards.

If you are good at maths and science, and are interested in the way sound behaves, this job could be for you.

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Nanotechnologist

  • £
    23,500
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As a nanotechnologist you will design and build devices and materials on a tiny scale. You could work on applications in many areas from medicine to electronics and robotics. If you love science or engineering and are interested in pushing the boundaries of knowledge by thinking small, there could be opportunities for you in nanotechnology.

You’ll need practical scientific skills and an eye for detail. Excellent teamworking skills will also help, as you'll be working closely with people across many different areas of science and engineering.

Most employers will expect you to have a relevant degree or master’s qualification. Some employers may also want you to have, or be working towards, a PhD.

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Materials Engineer

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

Materials engineers carry out research into the behaviour of materials under different conditions. They use this knowledge to support advances in technology and development of products.

They can work with existing materials like carbon fibres, plastics and ceramics, to newer ones like graphene and phosphorene.

If you like science, have an enquiring mind and are interested in working with cutting edge technology, this could be a perfect career for you.

You will need a degree in materials science or related subject to qualify although you may be able to start as a materials technician and work your way by taking further training on the job.

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University Plus

For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a 'University Plus' programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

All these options, paired with tutorial activities, could give you an additional 180 UCAS points, giving you the best opportunity to achieve your place at your first choice university and your dream degree.

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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.