Physics

Course introduction

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like quantum and relativity, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that change our lives.
Peter Ware
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Peter Ware
A level Physics

Level

3

Introduction

A physics education equips a person to work in many different and interesting places – from any discipline of Engineering and many courses in fields such as Medicine, to a career in Government, and even Banking – places where problem-solving abilities and analytical skills are great assets.

We strongly advise that you take A level Mathematics alongside your studies in Physics. This is essential if you wish to study Physics or Engineering at university.

Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include Double Award GCSE Science Higher Tier 6,6 (or above) or GCSE Physics 6 (or above) plus a minimum of either GCSE Electronics 6 or GCSE Chemistry 6. You must also have achieved GCSE Mathematics grade 6 or above (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

100% Examination. Practical skills are embedded within the course and are assessed as part of the practical endorsement of the A level as well as in the written examinations.

What will I study?

The Physics course allows students to develop an understanding of the world around us from the smallest components of atoms to the vastness of space. Physics is a demanding fundamental science which requires students to have the imagination to cope with what we cannot see.

Where will this course lead me?

Physics is an essential subject for all engineering and technological related careers and courses. It allows progression to exciting fields of work such as Astronomy, Electronics, and Ophthalmology. The skills developed in this course are highly regarded as suitable foundation for many different careers.
Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths
Matthew Lenahan
Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths
Where next?
University of Oxford – Engineering

Pre-course materials

Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.

 

Bridging Materials

For Year 11 students who have applied and will be joining us in Year 12

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Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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