Course overviewPhysics has been called the most fundamental of all sciences, and its scope is immense, ranging from the infinitesimally small – for instance particles within atomic nuclei – to the massive and vast – for example galaxies in space – and everything in between. It is a science which develops theories and uses models to make predictions of real world behaviour.
Our aim is to offer an A Level course in Physics which is suitable for progression to Higher Education or to vocational work such as apprenticeships.
The course consists of a broad selection of fundamental Physics concepts which build on ideas learnt at GCSE.
You will learn through a varied programme of laboratory and practical work, lectures, discussions and team activities. The College has excellent facilities for Physics students, with all sessions taking place in a dedicated Physics laboratory. A wide range of equipment is available including computerised data logging. During the first two weeks of the course you will work through an induction period which will culminate in an Initial Assessment that will be used to assess your suitability for the remainder of the course.
What else do I need to know?A Level Physics combines well with A Level Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Computer Science and our brand new A+ Certificate in Engineering (equivalent to one A Level). We strongly recommend that Physics is studied alongside at least one other STEM subject.
You will be expected to study independently and you will have access to the materials in the Learning Resources Centre as well as a comprehensive question bank and other support materials which are available on the College Intranet. You can expect to complete one homework per week and you will receive feedback on your performance within a week of the deadline date.
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What are the entry requirements?
You should also have a GCSE grade 6 or above in Physics or grade 6-6 in Combined Science and grade 6 in Maths. An average GCSE point score of 6.0 is also needed.
How is it assessed?
Paper 1 (2 hour written exam)
• Measurements and their errors
• Particles and radiation
• Mechanics and Materials
• Periodic Motion
Paper 2 (2 hour written exam)
• Thermal Physics
• Nuclear Physics
Paper 3 (2 hour written exam)
• Practical Skills and data analysis
• Optional Topic
What financial support is on offer?
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance
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