Physics is the study of the world around us using applied mathematics and practical skills. You will work up to the point of devising your own practical to prove a Physics concept by the end of the course.
A good grounding in Physics is essential and grade 5/6 or above at GCSE (or equivalent) is a requirement.
A high competence in Mathematics is very important as well as the ability to write good English that is scientifically accurate.
AS course (Year 12)
Section 1: Includes Particles and Quantum Phenomena
Section 2: Includes Waves and Optics
Section 3: Includes Forces, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Momentum, Work, Energy and Materials
Section 4: Includes Electricity and DC Circuits
The practical skills assessment involves performing a series of six experiments in class which are assessed.
A-level course (Year 12 and Year 13)
Section 6: Includes Circular Motion, Simple Harmonic Motion, Thermal Physics and Gases
Section 7: Includes Gravitational Fields, Electric Fields, Capacitors, Magnetic Fields and Electromagnetic Induction
Section 8: Includes Radioactivity and Nuclear Energy
There is then an optional topic. We currently offer Astrophysics or Engineering Physics.
The practical skills assessment involves performing a second series of six experiments in class which are assessed.
Where Does it Lead?
A qualification in Physics can lead to a large range of career options, including research and development, computing, science, engineering, education, medicine, law, business and the military.