Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two grade 5s and three 4s in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4 in English Language. Physics plus another science subject or triple or combined Science at grade 5 or above and Mathematics from the higher tier paper at grade 5 or above.
Start Date: Sept 2021
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

Physics involves experimental investigation, theory and applications related to your everyday life. On the course you will discover the working of the world and universe around you. This includes astrophysics and cosmology, medical physics (including positron emission tomography), nuclear and particle physics. You will also study the forces which dictate how the universe and everyday objects behave, and the equations that can be used to describe this behaviour.

What will I learn?

In both years you will undertake experimental investigations where you will extend your practical skills. This is essential if you plan to apply to study Physics at university.

Throughout the course the theory is put into context and delivered using a wide range of resources to ensure maximum understanding. This course doesn’t have to be taken alongside A Level Mathematics.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


Students will benefit from high tech science laboratories, housing a wide range of new and innovative apparatus. Within the Physics department we have a 10” Schmidt- Cassegrain telescope and a Coronado solar telescope.

Materials and other information

Unique Pre-Professional Programme available in STEMx.

Progression and Careers

Former students have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Oxford, Imperial College London and University College London (UCL) reading degree programmes covering all scientific industries, such as Medicine, Geology with Planetary Science, Physics and Astrophysics, Theoretical Physics, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, and Physics with Astronomy.

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