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Physics is a stimulating and challenging subject which will help you to understand and explain things that go on in the world around you, from the tiniest particles to the vastness of our observable universe …


The first year starts with the weird and wonderful world of Quantum Mechanics and Particle Physics. Next up is Waves, where you will learn how sound and light travel throughout the universe. After that, it is on to Mechanics and Materials, including explosions, collisions and projectiles. Moving on to Electricity where you will discover how the modern world functions. Your first year ends with circular motion, how fast can a car go round a corner without losing control?

The second year kicks off with Gases and Thermal Physics. The biggest unit on the syllabus is up next: Fields. You will learn what keeps us going round the sun, how a compass points north, why electrons move around a wire and how your phone stays running all day. The final core unit is Nuclear Physics, how do we use radiation for power, and what keeps the sun burning? The second year ends with the optional unit, Medical Physics, which is all about x-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds and how the eyes and ears work.


You will sit three exams at the end of your second year and complete twelve practical investigations throughout the two years to gain the practical endorsement qualification. There is no coursework element to this subject.


The majority of Physics students go on to Higher Education, studying subjects such as Physics, Engineering and Maths. However the skills gained by studying Physics are also really useful for a whole range of careers such as meteorology, climatology, astronomy, radiography and medical physics, geophysics, environmental science, research, instrumentation technics, financial analyst, corporate finance and many, many more.


To study an A-level programme you will need to achieve 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above, including English, and you will need GCSE grade 6 in Science and Maths. You are required to study A-Level Maths alongside Physics.




This is a linear subject will take two years to complete. There will be no exams at the end of your first year that will count towards you final A-level qualification.


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