A Level Physics is a highly valued qualification which opens doors to a multitude of opportunities. It will allow you to develop a range of transferable skills which can be used across a range of subjects, including computing skills, mathematical and practical skills and the ability to analyse and evaluate data to solve problems. A Level Mathematics complements the A Level Physics course well and it is a compulsory entry requirement for many physics related degree courses. Physics is a subject which can lead to many travel opportunities; physicists from all over the world work collaboratively on a range of projects, from space science at NASA to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and many universities offer physics courses with a year’s work experience abroad. There is an opportunity to participate in a school visit to CERN in Geneva in Year 12. Physics combines well with other A Level science subjects such as Chemistry and Biology, and students interested in engineering often opt to study Design Technology.
Physics is the most fundamental science; in it we ask the big questions about our world, universe and even our reality. Physics involves all physical aspects of natural science from the very small sub-atomic particles to the unimaginably large galaxies and the cosmos; including topics on mechanics, energy generation, thermodynamics, electrical circuits, waves, quantum physics, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics, medical imaging and astrophysics.
There are six modules to the A Level course:
Module 1: Development of Practical Skills
Module 2: Foundations of Physics
Module 3: Forces and Motion
Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons
Module 5: Newtonian World and astrophysics
Module 6: Particles and medical physics
The course is assessed by three examinations; two of the examinations consist of a combination of multiple choice and structured questions, covering theory and practical skills. The third examination assesses content from all modules in a synoptic style examination.
There is a practical endorsement component which is teacher assessed.
Sixth Form entry requirements including GCSE Physics at grade 6 or Combined Science at grade 7, plus GCSE Mathematics at grade 6.
A physics degree can lead to a career in many fields, including mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, scientific research, technological industries, space exploration, medical physics, design, architecture, geophysics and meteorology, nanotechnology, renewable energy, telecommunications, computing, accountancy and business.