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Physics A level

Physics has no limits – everything in your life, on this planet, other planets, to the far reaches of universe and beyond is in a physics job description.

All the gadgets that we take for granted like laptops and mobile phones wouldn’t be here. Nor would the electricity supply that charges them and powers so many other things we use every day. A physicist invented the World Wide Web and it’s hard to imagine a world without it - but when you were born almost no one had heard of it. Physicists are constantly finding new things – this makes it a very interesting and challenging subject.

Physics is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in technology, engineering, architecture, materials science, medicine and veterinary science. It is also good preparation for a wide range of careers such as research and development, business and law, education and environmental science.

Curriculum outline
  • Module 1: Development of practical skills in physics
  • 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

At the end of Year 13, students will sit three exams, two x 2 hours 15 minutes, 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes. These will assess subject content from both years and include questions on the practical tasks embedded across the two years.