Physics is a vital, exciting and compelling subject in this technological age.

It develops our students’ abilities to critically analyse scientific studies and technological developments in an ever-changing world. Our A Level Physics course has a reputation for its practical emphasis, as well as its attention to scientific rigor. Physics A Level is highly regarded by all universities. At University our pupils use Physics to go on to study aspects of science, engineering, electronics and medical studies as well as many non-scientific courses such as Management, Architecture and Law.

In the first year of the course, students will investigate:

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity
  • Materials
  • Waves and Particle Nature of Light

In the second year of the course, students will investigate the topics:

  • Further Mechanics
  • Magnetic and Electric Fields
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Space
  • Nuclear Radiation
  • Gravitational Fields
  • Oscillations

The syllabus is substantial and practical work runs throughout the A Level course. This is a linear course and is assessed at the end of the second year. A pupil who decides to take on the challenge of A-level Physics should be prepared to supplement their lessons with plenty of independent learning, particularly reading popular science books and journals, lists of which can be obtained before the start of the summer holidays. Historically, successful pupils have chosen Physics as part of a cohesive group of subjects and have worked hard right from the first half of the Autumn term in the first year.

The subject stimulates and excites curiosity about phenomena and events in the world; satisfying this curiosity with knowledge and understanding. Physics can engage students at many levels and is a spur to critical and creative thought. Through science, and Physics in particular, candidates understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine – improving the quality of life.

Physics A-level is both challenging and exciting and can be combined with a wide range of other subjects which would usually include Mathematics and Chemistry, although this is not essential.

Students are strongly advised to consider pairing Physics with Mathematics as the subjects support each other well.

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Miss G Cooper
Head of Physics