Course Overview

During the course you will have the opportunity and support to develop excellent mathematical, analytical and critical thinking skills which will greatly enhance  your future prospects whatever path you choose. Physics is fundamental to a large range of disciplines giving you a wide choice for progression to university level study or employment.


Course Structure

This course is taught in a hands-on manner, in new facilities with small class sizes and excellent equipment, by specialist physics staff.

You will study a total of six Units over two years: 

  • Practical Skills in Physics
  • Foundations in Physics
  • Forces and Motion
  • Electrons Waves and Photons
  • The Newtonian World and Astrophysics
  • Particles and Medical Physics.


Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-4 including Grade B/6 in English Language, maths and two sciences (either double award or singles including Physics).

You will be required to study A level mathematics alongside A level physics.


On successful completion of the course you will be in a position to progress to: other Further Education study, Higher Education on a range of science-based degrees, employment or a Higher Apprenticeship.

Talk to our A level science tutors about your career plans to see if they think these courses will help you.

How You Will Be Assessed

You will be examined in three theory exams, taken at the end of the second year: 

Paper: 1 - 2hours 15minutes

Paper: 2 - 2hours 15minutes

 Paper: 3 - 1hour 30minutes

 In addition, you will produce a practical practical portfolio: 

Twelve practical activities, forming the practical endorsement. The endorsement is assessed in-class, not in an exam and is reported separately to your final grade.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].