Why study physics?

This course will challenge you intellectually, and you will take an active role in the consideration of phenomena and the physical world around us. You will become more adept at problem solving and showing analytical skills, and enjoy learning the subject using a range of methods and techniques.

The course will develop your interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, and open up routes to further study and careers associated with physics.

What will I learn about?

Physics content is split into the following modules:
Development of practical skills
You will learn techniques for planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

Particles and radiation
An introduction to particle physics and quantum phenomena

Waves and optics
Studying stationary and progressive waves, reflection, refraction and Young’s double slit experiment

Mechanics and materials
This unit looks at moments, projectile motion, Newton’s laws, momentum and collisions and materials.

Further mechanics
We will look at circular motion, simple harmonic motion, thermal physics and gas laws

Studying how gravitational and electric fields behave and capacitors and electromagnetic induction

Nuclear physics
This units looks at radioactivity and the future of nuclear power

Optional unit
One from astrophysics, medical physics, engineering physics, turning points in physics or electronics

How will I be assessed?

• Examinations
• Practical work

Future pathways and careers

• Engineering
• Medical physics
• Scientific researcher
• Project management
• Electronic engineer
• Other science related courses

Course level

A Level and AS

Entry requirements

Two GCSEs at grade 6 in science and grade 6 in mathematics.

Examination board