Physics is fundamental to understanding how the universe functions. It also provides a route into many exciting higher education courses and careers. Our range of study takes us from the vastness of the universe to deep inside a single atom. Physical principles are introduced to develop understanding of the issues.
Practical work will reinforce learning and develop necessary skills. The course consists of six modules of work:
- Development of practical skills in physics
- Foundations of physics
- Forces and motion
- Electrons, waves and photons
- Newtonian world and astrophysics
- Particles and medical physics
All modules are assessed via terminal examinations. Throughout all modules, the development of practical skills in physics is embedded. By successfully completing a range of physics practical activities over the two years of the full A Level course, students can achieve a practical endorsement in physics.
Grade 6 in GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics OR grade 6,6 in Combined Science.
Students are also required to study A Level Mathematics in order to select this course.
What type of student is this course suitable for?
This is the right course for you if you want to broaden your curriculum and further develop your interest and enthusiasm for this subject after GCSE. You must also be prepared to deal with the mathematical demands of this course.
Where could this course take you?
A Level Physics provides a good grounding for anybody interested in pursuing a technical career related to science, engineering or technology. It is also useful for students who want to go on to study a pure science or mathematics. This course could lead to careers in areas such as medicine, physiotherapy, radiography, civil/ mechanical/ electrical/ electronic engineering, architecture, computer science or sound recording. It is also seen as a key subject for anybody wishing to pursue a technical role in the forces.
What our students say
- “Physics is a good subject to do to get me into Cambridge to study computer science.”
- “A level Physics helped me understand ideas I needed to do medical studies.”