This subject is often described as the study of matter and energy but we will show you that it is so much more than that by looking at concepts such as quantum physics, astrophysics, electromagnetic induction, medical imaging, circular motion and forces in action. The theory is underpinned by hands-on practical work.
In the first year of the course, you build on knowledge gained from GCSE physics starting with topics such as motion and forces. These topics, whilst being more tangible and appearing more basic, will be greatly expanded upon and contain added mathematical context. This will then be followed by energy and materials, which is essential for the understanding of later topics due to the synoptic nature of the course. For example, the Electrons, Waves and Photons module looks firstly at how current moves in circuits and what drives and resists it, then investigates wave behaviour and especially interference. The final section considers the mysterious effects of quantum physics.
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You need grade 6 in Physics or two 6s in Double Science, plus grade 5 or above in English and Maths.
You will be assessed through written examinations, with regular internal assessment taking place as the course unfolds. Your final A Level exam will be made up of two/three exam papers covering the entire programme at the end of year two.
You will need a calculator to help with the numerical aspects of this course. A standard scientific calculator will suffice. We recommend Casio FX-83GT Plus scientific calculator.
A Levels are still the most traditional route to university and each year several students continue their studies through a physics or engineering degree courses. Physics is a high currency A Level qualification. This course is prized by universities and industry alike for its ability to develop logical and lateral thinking numerate individuals who are adept at problem solving.
Physics is a good mix of practical and theoretical work. The former being illustrative yet enjoyable and the latter allowing you to understand the workings behind it.
A Levels (Further Maths, Maths & Physics)