Physics A-level

2 years

Course Details

A-level Physics is a well-respected subject that is needed for a wide range of careers such as engineering, computing, finance, astronomy and sub atomic particle research.

It is a highly mathematical A-level which will develop your problem solving skills at the same time as stretching your imagination.

Both employers and Universities value an A-level in Physics very highly as it is a clear demonstration of academic ability and personal resilience.

A-level Physics will introduce the strange world of quantum phenomena where you will learn about the fundamental particles that are responsible for all interactions with in the known Universe.

Further mechanics will develop your ability to analyse systems mathematically promoting your ability to manipulate problems and present calculated solutions.

At the end of Year 2 there is the option of taking a specific module in physics for engineers, physics for medicine, astrophysics or turning points in development physics.

You will need a minimum or five GCSEs, including Grade 5 in English Language together with four other subjects at Grade 4 or above (one of the four subjects must include Maths).

Additional entry requirements:

  • You must have achieved at least a grade 6 in GCSE Physics or 6/6 in GCSE Dual Science.
  • You must also have achieved at least a grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

AQA A-level Physics (7408)
  • Examination – Paper 1
  • A-level (34%) 2 hours
  • Examination – Paper 2
  • A-level (34%) 2 hours
  • Examination – Paper 3
  • A-level (32%) 2 hours
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
A successful Physics university graduate can expect to be employed within the engineering, medical, computing or finance sectors. Physics graduates will have a high level of problem solving ability and are therefore sought after by a variety of employers offering advanced level apprenticeships.

University Guarantee

Every Sefton Sixth Form College student who successfully achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at Sefton Sixth Form College. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.