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"I find the mathematical element of Physics the most rewarding, and of course the course is deepening my understanding of how the world works."

Sandhir, Sixth Form Physics student

Physics

Why study this A Level subject?

Physics has never been in such an exciting state as it is today. The challenges of discovering the ultimate structure of matter and the universe and solving the world’s energy crisis lie with physicists. The future of mankind will be directed by people who know about Physics. It improves our daily lives and the world we live in through the development of new technologies. Physicists are widely sought after.

Topics of study at A Level

Particle physics; quantum physics; sensing, signalling and imaging technology; materials engineering; wave behaviour; radioactivity; cosmology; electromagnetic machines; gravitational & electric fields; kinematics & mechanics; electronics.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Recently students have taken part in the Engineering Education Scheme, the Physics Olympiad, an Astronomy Club, revision workshops at a university, and visited an observatory.

What this subject might lead to

Environmental science, space, energy, medicine, architecture, law, finance, education, research, communication, television, transport, engineering…. The list is almost endless.

Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)

At least a B at GCSE Physics or Double award Science (A /A* recommended for the latter); and at least a B in GCSE Mathematics (A/A* recommended). It is also helpful (but not essential) to be studying AS Maths alongside Physics.

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