In the first year of A Level, students cover the following topics: measurements and their errors; particles and radiation; waves; mechanics and energy; and electricity.
In the second year of A Level, students continue with: further mechanics and thermal physics; fields; nuclear physics; plus the optional unit medical physics.
Students are assessed with exams at the end of year two; there is also a practical element that must be passed.
We would recommend a grade 6 at GCSE in science or physics and a grade 6 in mathematics.
Studying A Level physics offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including:
• Geophysicist/field seismologist
• Healthcare scientist, medical physics
• Higher education lecturer
• Radiation protection practitioner
• Research scientist (physical sciences)
• Scientific laboratory technician
• Secondary school teacher
• Structural engineer
• Acoustic engineer
• Product/process development scientist
• Systems developer
• Technical author
You can also move into engineering, astrophysics, chemical physics, nanotechnology, renewable energy and more: the opportunities are endless.