Physics A Level - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

Physics is a natural science based on experiments, measurements and mathematical analysis with the purpose of finding quantitative physical laws for everything from the micro-cosmos of atoms and quarks to the macro-cosmos of planets, stars and galaxies. Thiscourse is often described as the study of matter and energy but we will show you it that it is so much more than that by looking at concepts such as quantum physics, astrophysics, electromagnetic induction, medical imaging, circular motion and forces in action. The theory is underpinned by hands-on practical work. A separate practical qualification is included in the course.

First Year

  • Foundations of Physics: This module explores the basic ideas of Physics – units and vectors.
  • Forces and Motion: This module studies how things move, how forces affect their movement, the different forms of energy and how materials behave depending on their properties.
  • Electrons, Waves and Photons: This module looks at how current moves in circuits and what drives and resists it. It investigates wave behaviour and especially interference. The final section considers the mysterious effects of quantum physics.
  • Practical skills: Throughout all modules you develop your practical skills and gain an understanding of how the theory works in practice. You also work towards your Practical Endorsement Qualification.

Second Year

  • Newtonian World and Astrophysics: This module starts by looking at the effects of temperature on solids, liquids and gases. It continues by investigating circular motion and simple harmonic motion (not always as simple as it sounds), and concludes with exploration of the Physics behind the motion, behaviour and interaction of cosmological structures.
  • Particles and Medical Physics: This module starts by looking at the causes and effects of electric and electromagnetic fields; it then applies these to electricity transmission and capacitors. Next we start to discover the hidden depths of atoms including quarks and neutrinos, before moving on to understanding the many medical investigative techniques.
  • Practical skills: Throughout both second year modules you gain high-level practical skills, and complete your evidence for the Practical Endorsement Qualification.

Assessment Methods

Each of the theory units are assessed by external written examinations. Your practical skills are assessed throughout the two years as well as in the final written examinations. There will be plenty of practice for both written and practical assessment throughout the course.

Progression Options

A Levels are still the most traditional route to university and each year several students continue their studies through a physics or engineering degree courses.

Physics is a high currency A Level qualification. This course is prized by universities and industry alike for its ability to develop logical and lateral thinking numerate individuals who are adept at problem solving.

Course Summary

Course Title Physics A Level
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 5 range, including
Maths and English.

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I chose to study at the College as it offered me the chance to study the subject I was most interested in and it has an excellent reputation, so I knew I could achieve here.

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