What Will I Study?
As well as theoretical learning, this A Level Physics course will help you develop investigative and practical skills as you apply your learning to experimental applications. A Level Physics can be a passport to a range of careers and is required or preferred by many university degree courses.
In A-Level Physics, you build upon your GCSE knowledge of forces, electricity and waves and see how these concepts are used in devices such as sensors, polarisers, musical instruments and earthquake defences. You also learn brand new, cutting-edge Physics such as Astrophysics, Quantum Physics, The Standard Model of Particle Physics and Medical Physics.
You will study:
- Module 1: Development of practical skills
- Module 2: Foundations in physics
- Module 3: Forces and motion
- Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons
- Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics
- Module 6: Particles and medical physics
How Will I Be Assessed?
- Paper 1 assesses the content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
- Paper 2 assesses the content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 plus any material appropriately flagged from modules 3 and 5
- Paper 3 assesses the content from modules 1 to 6
What Could I Do Next?
A physics qualification opens the door to all sorts of jobs and higher educational courses. All technology that surrounds us is based on the principles of physics, so if you are considering working in any area related to technology from music to medicine or lasers to law, then studying physics is an essential first step.
Career options for physics graduates are actually very diverse including research roles, aerospace engineering, medical technology, software development, teaching, banking, manufacturing, geo physics, metallurgy, nanotechnology, nuclear engineering, optometry and meteorology.
Subject Specific Entry Requirements
Grade 5 in English would be beneficial but not essential.
Where Can I Get More Information?
Contact Miss S. Galloway, Head of Science and Discovery Faculty.
Our state-of-the-art laboratories and small class sizes mean you will always be hands on with practical and computer work, and we have trips to Medical Physics departments and more. We support you with resources such as textbooks, online assessment tools, wider reading and interview practice for University and summer placements. Our teachers and technicians are very experienced, use various teaching styles and provide lots of out of lesson support and intervention.