A-level Physics

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 A-levels

Physics is about everything in the Universe from the smallest quarks to the largest galactic clusters. It is about the quest to extend the boundaries of our knowledge of the way everything works
and explain (usually mathematically) the rules of the Universe. Studying A-level Physics will help you on your way to a profound understanding of the cosmos.


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Ideal if:

Physics is a subject for those who want to know why things happen in the way that they do - and the very best thing about it is that you will eventually come up with questions that can't be answered today but that will be answered in the future. And who knows, you may be the very person to have the idea that answers the question that has bugged you all these years.  What is more, we will never run out of questions to ask.

You’ll need:

At least five GCSEs at grade C or grade 5, or above, including English and mathematics and at least a grade B or grade 6 or 7, in a relevant subject.

You’ll learn:

Topics of study:
- Forces, projectile motion, momentum and moments
- Resistance, internal resistance of cells and electrical circuits
- Density, fluids, drag and velocity
- Wave interference, lenses, energy levels in atoms
- Circular motion and simple harmonic motion
- Electric and magnetic fields
- Nuclear and particle physics
- Thermodynamics
- Astrophysics


Small group sizes, outstanding staff and close tutorial support.

You’ll love:

The skills you learn in Physics you will be able to apply to any new field of endeavour you undertake in the future. That is why University admissions and potential employers will look at you differently to students who don't have a Physics A-Level. They will know that you have the skills they want - after all, it is rocket science.

You’ll go on to:

Further studies at university, higher level apprenticeship or employment.

A large number of Physics students go on to do a scientific discipline at University. This might be the more traditional subjects such as Medicine, Dentistry, all Engineering subjects and Chemistry but also more modern courses such as nanotechnology, photonics, robotics and computer games design.

Most students doing A-Level Physics go on to do a science related degree, from Medicine and Dentistry to Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics.

Not all Physics graduates end up doing research, though a lot do; others go on to work in finance and the city (where their skills are highly prized and paid for), the computer games industry, which is an ever expanding sector (they don't call the game software a 'Physics engine' for nothing) and Renewable Energy, which will be another growth sector in the coming decades.

Last but not least, a very few do indeed go on to be rocket scientists and work for organisations such as the European Space Agency (ESA).


A-level Physics

Start Date

September 2017


St Austell


2 years

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