All aspects of Physics are related to real life situations, making the course sometimes puzzling, occasionally worrying, always fascinating! Enter the exciting world of space exploration, communication networks, engineering and equipment design. Develop skills of observation and powers of logical thinking. Enhance all of your future prospects enormously by achieving this highly respected qualification.
Physics is defined as the study of matter, energy and the interaction between them. It is the science of how things move and why things behave in certain ways, and provides a fascinating insight into why our world is what it is. Physics is highly mathematical and uses formulae and logic to solve everyday problems, and also predict future events. Furthermore, it holds the answers to some fundamental questions about the history of the Earth, our solar system and the universe. Physics at A level involves practical work as well as plenty of theory — you will discover many new terms, formulae and mathematical methods to help you answer questions.
Are you curious about the mysterious sub-atomic particles that are the fundamental building blocks of life as we know it? Would you like to understand the work engineers do to create the biggest man-made structures? Are you motivated by the idea of applying your Mathematics skills to real world contexts? If so, Physics could be an excellent choice of subject for you at A level.
The course covers a variety of different topics. Within each topic there are several sub layers that build on the nowledge gained at GCSE.
The content includes the following:
Core content 1 Measurements and their errors; 2 Particles and radiation; 3 Waves; 4 Mechanics and materials; 5 Electricity; 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics; 7 Fields and their consequences; 8 Nuclear physics.
Options 9 Astrophysics; 10 Medical physics; 11 Engineering physics; 12 Turning points in physics; 13 Electronics.
Students who enjoy Mathematics and Physics at GCSE, enjoy seeing a real-world application of Mathematics, and who are motivated to study hard to come to grips with lots of new terminology and formulae. Students will need to achieve a grade 6 or above in English and Maths. They will also need to achieve a grade 6 or higher in Physics.
A level Physics can lead to university degrees in Physics, Mathematics, Engineering and Medical Science, depending on the other subjects you have chosen. It shows a high level of numeracy, logic and reasoning skills, and a Physics-related degree can lead to many excellent career options in fields such as engineering, technology, manufacturing and financial markets.