Physics is the fundamental science and the first and oldest subject that humans were ever involved with. In fact, it existed long before we did and it will continue to exist long after we are gone. Physics explores all the way from the inside of atoms out to the whole Universe (or should that be Multiverse?). And in between, it covers such things as sound, music, light, telecommunications, engineering, electricity, energy sources. If you are interested in the fundamental forces of nature and you have a good grasp of Maths, Physics is for you. Physics is also fundamental to a multitude of good career opportunities; it shows that you can think and solve problems, which is a highly valued skill for many employers.
All students studying for A Level would be expected to have five GCSEs at grade C or above (grade 5 or above) in academic subjects, including GCSE English Language, of which two must be B grades (grade 6). In order to study Physics, you are also required to have Double Science at BB (grade 6) or above, or a B grades (grade 6) in Physics and Maths in the higher paper, and a total GCSE points score of 30 or more in your five best academic subjects.
The course has been structured to give a sample of the many specialisms of Physics that exist.
The AS qualification covers forces and motion, materials, waves, quantum phenomena and fundamental particles, as well as the essential practical and mathematical skills required to become a successful physicist.
The full A Level course covers all these topics and skills, as well as further mechanics, electric, gravitational and magnetic fields theory, radioactivity and nuclear physics, thermal physics, rotational dynamics and thermodynamics.
We cover all of these so you can see which areas you find the most interesting and would eventually like to specialise in. We even study some rocket science!
Both AS and A2 Physics are assessed 80% through examinations and 20% through assessed practicals – experimental investigations carried out in class time that are then marked.
There are many areas of Physics in which you can specialise at degree level (see ‘Course content’ above) but Physics at A Level is also required for a range of other subjects at University level such as Architecture, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Engineering, Geography, Geology, or for careers such as in the RAF or the Construction industry. It is also studied alongside the other sciences for those who are thinking of going on to study Chemistry or Maths at University.
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