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Physics A-level Course

WJEC A-level Physics

This course is ideal for logical thinkers who have a strong interest in how things work and how the world around us functions.

Is this course right for me?

Complemented by subjects such as maths and chemistry, this qualification is an essential requirement for physics and engineering university courses. For those going on to study other subjects, it is highly regarded by universities. It is also suitable for those who simply have a passion for the subject.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Physics grade B (plus another Science at grade B) or Science grade BB and Maths grade B (Also need to study AS Mathematics)
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview
  • Successful completion of current/relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well.

During the two year course, you will develop a deeper understanding of physics and its applications from Newton to the present day. Basic principles introduced at GCSE level are investigated in greater detail, giving you an insight into the controlling forces of the universe.

As well as giving you a solid foundation in physics, this course will also help you to improve your problem solving, critical thinking and analytical skills.

Units to be studied will include:

  • Motion, energy and matter
    • Force and motion
    • Solid materials
    • Astrophysics
    • Particle physics
  • Electricity and light
    • Current electricity
    • Waves
    • The properties of light
    • Lasers
  • Practical Skills
  • Oscillations and nuclei
    • Circular motion
    • Vibrations
    • Thermal physics
    • Nuclear physics
  • Fields and further mechanics
    • Electric fields
    • Magnetic fields
    • Gravitational fields
    • Further mechanics

Learners also complete the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.

  • Practical examination
  • Written examination

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Academic researcher, Acoustic consultant, Astronomer, Clinical scientist – medical physics, Geophysicist, Higher education lecturer, Metallurgist, Meteorologist, Nanotechnologist, Radiation protection practitioner, Research scientist (physical sciences), Secondary school teacher, Sound engineer, Technical author.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • A scientific calculator
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional Information

Additional information

Level:

Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

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What are the entry requirements?

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Physics grade B (plus another Science at grade B) or Science grade BB and Maths grade B (Also need to study AS Mathematics)
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview

Current student – what are the entry requirements?

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well

  • Successful completion of current/relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

What will I learn?

During the two year course, you will develop a deeper understanding of physics and its applications from Newton to the present day. Basic principles introduced at GCSE level are investigated in greater detail, giving you an insight into the controlling forces of the universe.

As well as giving you a solid foundation in physics, this course will also help you to improve your problem solving, critical thinking and analytical skills.

Units to be studied will include:

  • Motion, energy and matter
    • Force and motion
    • Solid materials
    • Astrophysics
    • Particle physics
  • Electricity and light
    • Current electricity
    • Waves
    • The properties of light
    • Lasers
  • Practical Skills
  • Oscillations and nuclei
    • Circular motion
    • Vibrations
    • Thermal physics
    • Nuclear physics
  • Fields and further mechanics
    • Electric fields
    • Magnetic fields
    • Gravitational fields
    • Further mechanics

Learners also complete the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.


Can I do this course in Welsh?

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.


How will I be assessed?

  • Practical examination
  • Written examination

What can I do next?

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Academic researcher, Acoustic consultant, Astronomer, Clinical scientist – medical physics, Geophysicist, Higher education lecturer, Metallurgist, Meteorologist, Nanotechnologist, Radiation protection practitioner, Research scientist (physical sciences), Secondary school teacher, Sound engineer, Technical author.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.


Do I need to bring/buy any equipment?

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • A scientific calculator
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Are there any additional costs?

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional information

Level:

Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

Disclaimer:
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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