What’s it all about?

This course is very suitable for students who have an interest in understanding how the natural world works and wish to achieve an A-Level qualification in the subject. Physics supports a wide range of diverse careers such as in high-level sciences, engineering, architecture and medical professions.

You will need five GCSEs at grades 5-9, including Science at grade 6, or Physics and another science at grade 6, as well as a grade 6 in Maths.

Study level Cost Additional fees
16-18 FREE You will need to provide your own stationery and study equipment. A mathematical calculator is also very helpful - we recommend the Casio fx-991EX ClassWiz model.

This course is primarily laboratory based and taught using a combination of theory lecture sessions, practical experiments and other investigative activities.

You will be familiar with some of the topics through GCSE-level study but A-Level will deepen your knowledge and provide an exciting stepping stone to future study and employment as well as helping you to develop scientific understanding, logical analysis and critical thinking skills. At the end of the course, you will sit three examination papers: Paper 1 Particles, Waves, Electricity & Periodic Motion (34%), Paper 2 Thermal Physics, Fields & Nuclear Physics (34%) and Paper 3 Practical skills & Astrophysics (32%).

English and mathematics are very important subjects that will equip you with the key skills to help you to achieve your best in your A-Level studies and progression towards your future career.

In order to study A-Level Physics, you will need to have achieved GCSE mathematics at grade 6 or above.

The sixth form day is 9am - 4.15pm, Monday-Friday. You will study each of your subjects for 4hr 45min per week, across three separate lessons. Your timetable will be determined by the combination of subjects that you study, and will be made available to you at the start of the academic year.

You are not required to be on campus when you do not have a timetabled lesson, although we would strongly recommend that you are. Making effective use of our learning facilities and resources during such study periods will ensure that you keep on top of your work and make significant progress in your studies, not to mention developing important time-management, organisation and independent-study skills.

The A-Level specification is designed to stimulate your prior interest and curiosity in topics relevant to the real, physical world and develop your understanding and appreciation of its natural beauty and structure.

In Year 12, you will study a variety of topics, including:
Particles & Quantum Phenomena
Materials and waves

During Year 13, you will study:
Circular and simple harmonic motion
Gravitational and Electrical Fields
Magnetic Fields
Nuclear physics and Astrophysics

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

99.1% overall pass rate for A-Levels

(*Summer 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College for A-Levels?

We have a 100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects.

(*Summer 2019)

We offer the widest range of A-Level subjects in the region.

Our teaching staff are A-Level experts and specialise in teaching 16-19 year olds.

Our High Achievers programme supports gifted and talented students to reach their full potential by developing their skills and talents.

We have excellent pastoral and academic support from our dedicated sixth form staff.

We have an extensive enrichment programme and links with universities.