Physics is both challenging and rewarding as a subject. It delves deep into the fundamental nature of the universe and looks at how we can explain and mathematically model the myriad phenomena that exist in nature. Spanning the behaviour of sub-atomic particles right up to understanding the entire Universe Physics tackled the underlying nature of everything. It also examines how such understandings are used in the development and application of technologies in a wide range of fields from electronics to power generation and much more.

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Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

A wide range of different branches of engineering, medical physicist, financial analyst, computer scientist, environmental scientist, materials scientist, industrial researcher, product designer, research technician, meteorologist, computer graphics and special effects artist, science journalist, lawyer (e.g. patent attorney).

Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Radiography, Architecture, Medicine, Science (Pure, materials, medical, computer and environmental).

Topics you'll cover


  • Forces and motion
  • Waves, interference, light and sound
  • Quantum theory and the photon model of light
  • Electric charge and electric circuits.


  • Circular motion and oscillations
  • Thermal energy and the gas laws
  • Medical physics
  • Particle physics
  • Electric, gravitational and magnetic fields
  • Astrophysics and cosmology including the lifecycle of stars.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Three written exams
  • Exam board: OCR
  • A Level (level three)

Course entry requirements

At least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including Maths and Science (Physics or double award) at grade 6 and English Language at grade 5.

Additional information


During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs. . If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.

If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. A copy of the course payment breakdown can also be found here: course payment breakdown.