Why should I study Physics?

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that lead to technologies which change our lives—from healing joints, to curing cancer, to developing sustainable energy solutions.

Course Description:

AS Modules : Year 12

Module 1: Development of practical skills in physics: Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement as well as enhancing learners’ understanding of chemical theory and practical skills.

Module 2: Foundations of physics: 2.1 Physical quantities and units 2.2 Making measurements and analysing data 2.3 Nature of quantities

Module 3: Forces and motion: 3.1 Motion 3.2 Forces in action 3.3 Work, energy and power 3.4 Materials 3.5 Momentum

Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons: 4.1 Charge and current 4.2 Energy, power and resistance 4.3 Electrical circuits 4.4 Waves 4.5 Quantum physics

A2 Modules : Year 13

Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics: 5.1 Thermal physics 5.2 Circular motion 5.3 Oscillations 5.4 Gravitational fields 5.5 Astrophysics and cosmology

Module 6: Particles and medical physics: 6.1 Capacitors 6.2 Electric fields 6.3 Electromagnetism 6.4 Nuclear and particle physics 6.5 Medical imaging

How will my work be assessed?

Module 1 of the specification content relates to the practical skills learners are expected to gain throughout the course, which are assessed throughout the written examinations and also through the Practical Endorsement. The other units are assessed through sitting written exams which test knowledge and understanding.

What career opportunities will I have?

A physics degree sets you up well for research-based roles and positions in other sciences. It is also useful for careers in business, finance, IT and engineering. Other careers include: Geophysicist/field seismologist, Higher education lecturer, Metallurgist, Radiation protection practitioner, Research scientist (physical sciences), Seismic interpreter, Secondary school teacher.

Entry Requirements:

The minimum requirement for A level Physics is a grade BB at GCSE Science/Additional Science and C grades in both English and Maths.

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