Physics

Is Physics the subject for you?

If you are the sort of person who likes to ask questions about the world around you, is interested in the way that things work and has a curiosity about the world and the Universe then Physics is definitely for you. Physics is about making observations and explaining why events and strange phenomena. You will enjoy solving problems in a variety of areas, working in a team and having a shared purpose with others.

Course content

The course not only includes the study of the laws, theories and models of Physics but also the application of these to the modern world. From waves to radioactivity, mechanics to electricity and many things beyond.

Methods of study

Physics lessons are varied and include peer teaching, peer assessment, group work, class discussions (you will be expected to talk), presentations, experimentation, research and watching DVDs of experiments. Understanding of some aspects of physics is achieved through the application of mathematics.

How will it be examined?

AS qualification will not count towards the final grade of an A Level and be a separate qualification in its own right (Linear).

Career opportunities

Physics A-level helps to develop strong numerical, analytical and logical skills, and there is a perception that physicists are very able students.

Clearly, Physics A-level is an important qualification for many university courses and careers. Obvious examples are any form of engineering and many technical and ‘hi-tech’ courses and careers.

More broadly, employers in general value the skills developed in Physics A-level very highly, and Physics can open many employment doors in business and banking, for example.Furthermore, there is currently a severe shortage of physicists and an even more severe shortage of female physicists, and young people with physics backgrounds are very much in demand. This means that universities are especially keen to receive applications from A-level physicists. At a time when many schools do not provide A-level physics and still relatively few girls take it as an option, those that do place themselves at a significant advantage.