Why choose Physics?

Physicists are involved in an immense range of activities from developing materials for artificial hip joints to designing fusion reactors that emulate the sun. They need to be able to solve problems, think logically and adapt their ideas to new situations.

A Physics qualification is highly valued by many employers and Higher Education institutions. There is a tremendous demand from universities for students with some Physics background.

Resources and Facilities

  • All teaching is in modern well-equipped laboratories
  • State of the art Science Centre
  • Computer facilities in the laboratories and ICT is used in a range of experiments

Teaching and Learning Styles

  • Significant amount of practical work (mostly in pairs)
  • Practical work integrated with course
  • Emphasis on applications of Physics

Extra-curricular Activities

These include Masterclasses at Birmingham University and activities organised in conjunction with the College’s Science and Engineering Academy programme such as lectures given by physicists at the forefront of their field of research. We have a computer controlled 150 mm reflecting telescope which students can borrow to capture images of the heavens. We also participate in the Engineering Education Scheme, where a local engineering firm sets small groups of students a project which they work on throughout the year.

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Mateusz Siekanski

Physics - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College.
I knew I wanted to study Physics at College and was not disappointed by the course. In my first year I particularly enjoyed studying the behaviour of light at greater depth, which inspired an investigation for my EPQ in the second year. Physics covers a broad range of topics from mechanics, stars and particles to electromagnetism, radioactivity and medical physics, synthesising theory and practical work well. Alongside Physics, I also studied Mathematics and Computer Science. These courses complemented each other as they all helped me to develop a conceptual approach in unfamiliar contexts and invaluable problem-solving skills. Taking on these transferrable skills, I plan to continue to study Physics as a subject at degree level.


The A Level will be assessed by external exams. There is no practical assessment, but some exam questions will relate directly to experiments carried out during the course. Students are able to achieve an experimental Physics endorsement which is in addition to the grade gained on the examination papers. This requires students to keep a record of their experimental work during the two years of the course.

Progression Opportunities

A high percentage of students will go on to university to study Physics or closely associated subjects, such as Mathematics or branches of Engineering, for which A Level Physics is often a prerequisite.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Physics64Grade 6 or above in Combined Science or grade 6 or above in GCSE Physics and another science. Students should take A Level Maths (exception only by agreement with department).Average GCSE score of 5.5Commitment to practical experiment. Willingness to apply IT.

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