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Physics

Physics is the science of everything. It spans the very large (like stars and galaxies) to the very small (like atoms and things which make them up), and everything in between. It is the starting point for engineering and the discoveries made by physicists allow biologists and chemists to do their work.

You use your knowledge of physics every day, you intuitively know how objects will move and how they will behave. Physics is at the heart of what makes technology work, from simple things like the wheels on a car to complex electronic devices like your mobile phone.

It is highly valued by employers and universities, precisely because it is challenging and requires students to acquire skills in mathematics, data analysis and how to display data. The skills you will develop will help you in a wide variety of careers, from science to business and finance.

What will I study?

This programme, delivered by a dedicated team of teachers at The City of Liverpool College, gives you a solid grounding in physics. It extends the ideas you will have covered at GCSE (e.g. the physics of motion and electricity) and introduces you to new concepts such as quantum physics and materials.

Subject choices:

There are benefits to studying mathematics alongside physics. You’ll find that the two subjects complement one another, with a strong foundation in maths becoming even more important if you intend to study physics or engineering at university. In most cases, A-level mathematics is one of the entry requirements for a degree in physics. Physics works well alongside Chemistry or Biology, with Chemistry being particularly important if you’re interested in Materials Engineering or Physical Chemistry, whilst is Biology essential for professions like Biophysics, Medical Physics, Medicine or Dentistry.

What can I do now?

If you want a career physics, you should do work experience in places such as Universities, consider a Nuffield Research Placement (http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/nuffield-research-placements) over the summer between first and second year of A-Level and industry. You should follow organisations such as the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Acoustics, and YouTube channels such as Sixty Symbols and Deep Sky Videos.

Study Programmes for students aged 16-18

At The City of Liverpool College you will undertake a personalised Study Programme, which will help you to achieve your ambitions and career goals.

All of our Study Programmes are designed to help you to develop your skills and widen your college experience.

What you should expect from your Study Programme:

  • A substantial qualification e.g. GCSE, A level or vocational equivalent
  • Meaningful work experience
  • Help to achieve GCSE English and maths at grades A*-C if you do not already have them
  • Practical activities that help your personal development including study skills, enrichment activities, employability training and classes in personal and social skills to get you ready for further education or employment.
  • Support to enable you to progress to the next level of study or employment

English and Maths

English and Maths skills are vital for employment and to secure a place on courses at a higher level, including university.

We have a team of tutors who will work with you to achieve these essential qualifications and enable you to apply these skills in your day to day activities and work.

Since September 2013 any young person who does not achieve their GCSE in English language and mathematics at grade C or above will have to continue their studies at college. Students who have a grade D in either subject must study these subjects at GCSE level.

Study Programmes

Study Programmes for students aged 16-18

At The City of Liverpool College you will undertake a personalised Study Programme, which will help you to achieve your ambitions and career goals.

All of our Study Programmes are designed to help you to develop your skills and widen your college experience.

What you should expect from your Study Programme:

  • A substantial qualification e.g. GCSE, A level or vocational equivalent
  • Meaningful work experience
  • Help to achieve GCSE English and maths at grades A*-C if you do not already have them
  • Practical activities that help your personal development including study skills, enrichment activities, employability training and classes in personal and social skills to get you ready for further education or employment.
  • Support to enable you to progress to the next level of study or employment

English and Maths

English and Maths skills are vital for employment and to secure a place on courses at a higher level, including university.

We have a team of tutors who will work with you to achieve these essential qualifications and enable you to apply these skills in your day to day activities and work.

Since September 2013 any young person who does not achieve their GCSE in English language and mathematics at grade C or above will have to continue their studies at college. Students who have a grade D in either subject must study these subjects at GCSE level.

What the course leads to

Where will it take me? A qualification in Physics opens doors to a wide range of careers. Physics is involved in our everyday lives and there is a vast range of jobs and careers open to those who have studied physics at any level; great career opportunities exist both inside and outside the lab. A qualification in Physics is essential for many branches of engineering and recommended for higher education courses in Science, Engineering, Electronics, Veterinary Science and Medicine. Physicists will also continue to discover new things about our world and the wider universe, you could; be the next person to discover something amazing!

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What's on offer at The City of Liverpool College

What's on offer at The City of Liverpool College

"College is much more flexible which suited me well. It also had a wider range of courses available to study than my school sixth form."

Liam Roberts successfully achieved A*, A, A. Liam progressed onto the University of Greenwich.

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Disclaimer

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Course bundles are designed for 16 - 18 year olds only.

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