Do you want to deepen your understanding of how the universe works, as well as developing invaluable problem-solving skills?

A Level Physics will allow you to study the world around you at every level – from the smallest particle, to galaxies remote in space and time. The theoretical topics studied are always related to practical applications, with the teaching of practical skills incorporated throughout the course. There is no coursework, but practical skills are assessed separately in each year.

Topics include:
– Mechanics including: forces, motion, work and energy
– Electrons, waves and photons including: electric current, resistance, DC circuits, waves and quantum physics
– The Newtonian world including Newton’s laws and momentum, circular motion, simple harmonic motion, oscillations and thermal physics
Fields, particles and frontiers of physics including: electric and magnetic fields, capacitors and exponential decay, nuclear physics, medical imaging and modelling the universe

You will be working in laboratories with excellent facilities and equipment, including oscilloscopes and full sets of data logging equipment. There will be opportunities for trips to see physics in use in industry and the chance to hear lectures on topics.

Physics students are sought after by industry and universities for their excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. Most students progress on to degrees in scientific subjects such as engineering, medicine, electronics, architecture and physical sciences. Physics is also a useful foundation for subjects such as law, finance, business and IT.

– Must meet overall entry criteria for A Level study
– You will need a minimum grade 6 in Maths and a 6 in Science (core) and a 6 in Additional Science or GCSE Physics
– To follow a Science A Level Programme (one that includes any two of these courses: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths), you will need at least an average GCSE score of 5.5, plus a minimum GCSE grade 6 in Maths and a 6 in Science (Core) and 6 in Additional Science (or 6 in GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics)


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