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What is Physics?

Perhaps you want to know what makes the universe tick, or you’re considering a career in Mechanical Engineering, Cosmology or Medical Physics. An understanding of Physics underpins the technology that puts satellites into orbit, makes the internet possible, revolutionises medicine, and it’s also behind the technology that will shape tomorrow’s innovations.
Physics is unique. No other subject allows you to gain such a deep understanding of the way the world works. Physics is both the everyday and the extraordinary, from explaining why the sky is blue, to understanding quantum theory and Einstein’s relativity. A Level Physics combines practical investigations and experiments with theoretical ideas, giving you the skills to logically analyse and solve problems; skills which can be applied to any scientific or mathematical challenge.

What Will You Study?

This course will provide you with the concepts and mathematical tools for a deep understanding of modern physics. Your first year will consist of five topic areas: Particles and Radiation, Waves, Mechanics and Materials, Electricity and Practical & Measurement Skills. Within these topics you will learn about subatomic particles like the quark and the neutrino, gain a basic understanding of quantum theory and current electricity, and cover forces and mechanics including projectile motion.

What Next?

An A Level in Physics is highly regarded by employers and universities. Our students go on to study a wide range of courses, from Physics based courses such as Astrophysics and Cosmology to Aeronautical, Motorsport or Acoustic Engineering, Medical Physics, Architecture, Geophysics and Computing.

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Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 6 in GCSE Maths and at least a 5 in both GCSE Core and Additional Science, or a 5 in GCSE Physics and one other GCSE Science.

Course Type

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Maths, Chemistry and Computing.

Interesting Fact

Over a working lifetime, the average Physics graduate earns 30% more than someone holding just A Levels. Physicists also compare well with other graduates: immediately after graduation, students that studied physics generally start on salaries between 14% and 18% higher than the average graduate.

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