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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

As you progress through the course, you will build on your knowledge of the laws of physics, applying your understanding to areas ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe.

You will quickly acquire the skills to think independently and creatively in a challenging scientific environment. This qualification commands universal respect among universities and employers.

Entry requirements

You will need to achieve:

Five GCSE passes at grade 4/C or above including a grade 5/B in English Language and at least a grade 5/B in GCSE Mathematics.

You should have a grade B in GCSE Physics with a grade C in both GCSE Biology and GCSE Chemistry or a grade B in GCSE Core Science with a grade B in GCSE Additional Science.  It is a stipulation that if you study Physics you should also study Maths or another Science at A-level.

Course Content

The course is split into six teaching modules which, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A-level. The modules can be summarised as:

Module 1: Development of practical skills.

Module 2: Foundations of physics.

Module 3: Forces and motion.

Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons.

Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics.

Module 6: Particles and medical physics.

How will I be assessed?

Your A-level grade will be determined by three examination papers at the end of your two-year course. A practical skills element will be assessed throughout the two years and the outcome of this will be reported separately to your examination grade.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to own a scientific calculator.

What can I do after this course?

Careers

Studying Physics is a route to a wide variety of rewarding careers. As well as learning about how the universe works, you will gain skills that all employers value – an ability to grasp concepts quickly and a determination to search for answers, not to mention problem-solving, analytical, mathematical and practical skills.

Even if you don't end up in a physics career, these skills are still highly regarded. Studying Physics is an excellent way of keeping your options open and earning a good salary.

Further study 

This qualification is invaluable for entry to higher education courses in Engineering, Physical Sciences and Medical Physics, and it is highly desirable for Computing and Architecture.

Find out more about this subject, including careers and further study opportunities, at physics.org

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

 

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Ryan Horsnall

Ryan Horsnall

First Response Finance sponsor BA Hons degree in Management and Leadership

Ryan was involved with First Response Finance as part of their work with Derby College's Employer and Skills Academy and applied for an apprenticeship.
The company is sponsoring Ryan to complete a BA Hons degree in Management and Leadership at Nottingham Trent University. He previously studies Maths, Business and Chemistry A levels at the Joseph Wright Centre.
Ryan said "I have the best of both worlds – working in a paid job and then gaining a degree and it has made my studies so much easier as I can relate the university work to the work environment."
“I am currently working in a sales support role which I love and at the end of my degree I will see where I want my career to take me with the company.I get the opportunity to blend academic learning and work experience where I can convert my learning at University into real business situations.
First Response Finance have been involved in the Employer Skills Academies and has now teamed up with Derby College to launch the First Response Business and Finance Academy - offering students at Derby College the chance to follow in Ryan's footsteps.

www.FirstResponseFinance.co.uk


At Derby College I was taught a lot of skills such as target setting that has helped me be organised and realistic with work and learning.

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