What you will study
Measurements and their errors. This will introduce and consolidate the use and manipulation of SI units to include
conversions and dimensional analysis.
Errors will be determined and evaluated in absolute, fractional and percentage terms as well as graphically.
Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity. An introduction to the fundamental properties and nature of matter, radiation and quantum phenomena.
You will also study electricity and its Applications, building on principles acquired at GCSE.
Mechanics, Materials and Waves. This introduces vectors and develops knowledge and understanding of forces and energy from GCSE Additional Science.
Materials are studied in terms of their bulk properties and tensile strength and. You will also gain an in-depth knowledge of the characteristics, properties and applications of waves.
Fields and their Consequences and Nuclear Physics. The section covers electric and magnetic fields, together with basic electromagnetic induction.
The nuclear section looks at the characteristics of the nucleus, the properties of unstable nuclei and how energy is obtained from the nucleus.
Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics. This advances the study of motion, introduces circular and oscillatory motion and gravitation. Electric fields and magnetic fields are also studied.
The thermal properties of materials and the nature of gases are studied in depth.
Medical physics Engineering
Physics Turning points of physics
The optional unit will be delivered by a democratic system of electing the most popular choice.
How you will learn
You will be learning through investigation, experimentation, demonstrations and lectures. Students will discuss and apply their learning to several contexts and to the solution of worksheet problems. Assistance is provided during lectures/class and homework is set weekly. Subject to demand, there is the opportunity for a residential to Geneva to visit CERN! You could learn about fundamental research and see deep inside the world's largest particle physics laboratory. This is a truly inspiring and potentially life-changing trip for any aspiring scientist! Testing during and at the end of modules helps staff and students to monitor and support their progress. A full range of past examination papers is available and is used to help students prepare for end of course examinations in June.
5 GCSEs at A* - C (or new grade 9-4), including English Language at grade C (or new grade 4) and Maths at grade B (or new grade 6).
Core and Additional Science at grade 6/6 or old GCSE grades B/B, or separate sciences at grade 6/6/5 or B/B/C respectively, including grade B in Physics.
It is highly recommeded that you study A Level Maths at at the same time.
A Level Physics is an excellent qualification for anyone seeking entry to a university and is an essential requirement for physics and engineering courses.
Physics is regarded as a 'facilitating subject' which will increase your chances of progression to a Russell Group University.
Many physicists work in research and development, engineering and information technology. Other career paths include medicine, astronomy, meteorology, geology, environmental science and teaching. For more advice on career opportunities, visit the Institute of Physics website.