Physics investigates electricity, forces, waves, the solar system and the wider universe. This course shall encourage students to gain a range of skills which include acquiring a systematic body of scientific knowledge, an understanding of scientific idea
and to be able to select, organise and present information clearly and logically.
In the first year the course will include particle and quantum physics in addition to all the core topics of mechanics (including oscillations), electricity and circuits, waves and properties of matter (materials).
As well as learning theory, you will complete a number of experiments including 7 assessed practicals.
The maths required is higher level GCSE (algebra and trigonometry are important) but you are expected to apply it in more practical situations.
In the second year the topic of electricity is extended to cover ac, oscilloscopes and capacitors. Thermal physics, radioactivity and extensive work on gravitational, electric and magnetic fields, including electromagnetic induction, will also form a substantial part of the course. You will choose one option from Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics and Turning Points in Physics that you study independently towards the end of the second year. You will continue to carry out experimental work and complete a further 5 assessed practicals.
The course brings in some higher level mathematics (exponential functions, logarithms and graph work) but this is covered during the course.
The practical activities carried out throughout the course will contribute towards the Practical Endorsement. The skills, knowledge and understanding learned through both the practical and theoretical work will be assessed by three 2 hour exams at the end of the 2 year course.
Minimum average GCSE score required 5. GCSE Science (2 x Grade 6 with a 6 in Physics if taken separately). Grade 6 Maths.
This course could lead onto higher education in a science related subject or more general higher education courses.
With further training, you could go into a job related to Physics such as Architect, Electrical Engineer, Surveyor, Medical Physicist, Science Technician, Metallurgist, Radiation Protection Practitioner, or Electronics Engineer.