About the course
On the A-Level Physics course you will build on your current knowledge of science and physics and expand your learning into more complex areas. You will look at particles and quantum phenomena, electricity, mechanics, materials and waves. Then you will delve into further mechanics before exploring the fascinating areas of nuclear physics, medical imaging techniques, thermal physics and astrophysics.
As well as your theoretical learning you will develop investigative and practical skills as you apply that learning to experimental applications. This hands-on approach encourages an appreciation of the big picture in physics and aids in the development of rational thinking.
Will this subject suit me?
If you like to think about the nature of light, matter, gravity, electrons, the Big Bang, magnets, black holes and superconductors then yes!
The course will contain lots of practical work and lots of mathematical work.
Personal study time
A level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. You will be given significant amounts of homework on a regular weekly basis including practise at examination style questions. Independent study is crucial to success at A-level.
A-Level Physics (2 year course)
What students say about this subject?
I find physics to be both fun and challenging. The topics are interesting and I find myself wanting to come to lessons
Because I want to do it for a job and find it interesting
It's fun, I enjoy it & I need it to go on to engineering at University
Physics is a very interesting subject to choose by far. The practicals are very involved and fun to do, very fascinating.
Entails both study and fun therefore good atmosphere
Teaching technique was easy to understand most year round
Very intriguing topics thus interesting subject
To study 3 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths
To study 4 A Levels: 6 GCSEs at Grade 6 or above, including English Language and Maths
Additional requirements: 6-9 in Maths, 6-9 Double Science or Core + Additional Science. 6-9 in Physics (if sciences taken individually).
Where can it lead?
Physics can take you anywhere. You could become an astronomer working at NASA, a particle physicist working at CERN, a meteorologist doing the weather on TV, an engineer designing formula 1 cars and so on, or even apply your knowledge of physics to the world of finance to make you millions!
Physics is the most sought after A-Level and degree alike by employers because it speaks of intelligent, critical, rational thought.