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Physics

What is Physics?

Perhaps you want to know what makes the universe tick, or you are 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 is 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 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 and 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 onto study a wide range of courses including Physics based courses such as Astrophysics and Cosmology to Aeronautical, Motorsport or Acoustic Engineering, Medical Physics, Architecture, Geophysics and Computing.

Exam Board

AQA

Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 5 in two Sciences and a 6 in Maths (must also choose A Level Maths).

Course Type

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Maths, Chemistry and Computing.

Did you know?

Water can boil and freeze at the same time. It is called the ‘triple point.’

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