Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.
Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
You will learn in dedicated classrooms and fully equipped laboratories, studying topics which reflect modern developments and applications of physics – including electricity, mechanics, particles and quantum phenomena, radioactivity and nuclear energy, waves and fields and astrophysics.
You will also undertake a wide range of enrichment activities – for example during Science week, we have a visiting speaker on medical physics from the Royal Marsden Hospital and we also ensure that you will have opportunities to attend organised talks by previous students who are now studying at university. You will undertake visits to venues such as the Diamond centre, National Physical Laboratory and the Science Museum.
Five GCSEs, grade C or above, including English Language and Maths with at least a grade B in maths. One of these GCSEs should be in Double Science at grade B or above. All applicants will be interviewed.
The AS-Level is 100% exam based. A minimum of a D grade is needed at AS Level to progress onto year 2 of the course. The A-Level is 100% exam based. Your final grade will solely be calculated from the results in your final papers. Assessment is an integral part of the overall learning process and our student centred approach aims to promote initiative and creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection and effective communication skills. Each subject has a number of assessments throughout the year and can include the following: external exams, independent research, presentations, essays, coursework, and in-class tests.
Where will this course take you? You can apply to a range of science degrees including engineering, physical sciences and medicine. Upon graduation you can find employment opportunities in professions such as an engineer, teacher, astrobiologist, astrophysicist, physicist (electronic, electrical, civil and mechanical), meteorologist, astronomer, nuclear engineer and particle physicist. Starting salaries can vary from £18,000 to £33,000pa depending on the role.
You will learn in dedicated classrooms and laboratories. There are three AS or A2 classroom sessions per week and they fit in with your overall programme of study, usually across five days at college.