Physics at Marple is in the top 40% of Sixth Form Colleges for progress. Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us.


It is the most basic and fundamental science. It’s an exciting and fast moving science with new discoveries being made every week, particularly in astronomy and particle physics. We will build on the core principles you have learned at GCSE and develop and extend your skills and knowledge of this fascinating subject.

Career Path

  • All facets of engineering
  • Energy and power provision
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Medical technologies
  • Research and development
  • Financial and IT sectors
  • Telecommunications
  • Teaching

More than just a course

As well as studying key concepts such as radiation and particle physics, the nature of waves, electricity and the nature of forces, energy and mechanics, you will also be introduced to the concepts of circular and simple harmonic motion, the thermal properties of materials and the nature of ideal gases and molecular kinetic theory.

In addition, you will study the concepts of fields, from gravitational, electrical through to magnetic as well as an in-depth knowledge and understanding of nuclear physics with an option module that includes medical physics, engineering physics and astrophysics.

Your experimental skills will develop through a range of core practicals that will allow you to gain the “practical skills endorsement” at the end of the second year.

We offer extra support sessions in addition to lessons, booklets and other resources to enable you to make progress.

  • Work experience in a field of your choosing is also offered.
  • Examples include engineering, schools and hospitals

Students have progressed from here to study Physics and variety of Engineering degrees at many top universities including Manchester, Oxford and Cambridge.

Unique Features

  • The opportunity to attend extracurricular Physics lectures at Manchester and surrounding areas
  • Day visits to a range of Engineering events in the North West
  • Trips to large Physics facilities such as Jodrell Bank in Cheshire and the Diamond Synchrotron Radiation Source in Oxfordshire
  • A chance to participate in the British Physics Olympiad
  • Students on the Academic Excellence pathway have the opportunity to research an Extended Project Qualification in a Physics-related area
  • Enrichment activities such as the National Schools’ Observatory

Entry Requirements

ADVANCED PATHWAY: The traditional A Level pathway for those who may be thinking of University, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree Apprenticeship.

You must be passionate about Physics with a real determination to succeed.

To study Physics A Level you must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including Maths at a level 6. You must achieve 6s in your Combined Science qualification or if you have studied GCSE Biology, Chemistry & Physics you will need a 6 in Physics and one other Science.

In addition, it is compulsory for you to study A Level Maths alongside A Level Physics.

We are an inclusive College and will consider all other applications on a case by case basis at interview.

“Fascinating course with lots of new ideas but also lots of work; doing maths really helps.”