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Why Physics?
From the smallest imaginable particle to the great clusters of galaxies, Physics helps us understand how our universe works. A Level Physics is accepted as an entry to a wide range of courses ranging from Engineering and Veterinary Science to Accountancy and Law. Whatever you want to be, Physics can help you achieve it!

Are there any recommendations for entry to the course?
You will need to obtain a minimum of grade 7-7 in GCSE Core and Additional Science or a grade 7 or higher in GCSE Physics. You should preferably have a grade 7 in Higher Tier Mathematics GCSE.

What will I study?
The course will develop essential knowledge and understanding in Physics and the applications of Physics. It will provide an understanding of the link between theory and experiment and an appreciation of how Physics has developed and is used in present day society.

Lower Sixth
Topics studied include: Particles, radiation, quantum phenomena and electricity, mechanics, materials and waves, scalars and vectors, coplanar forces, turning effects, dynamics, Newton’s laws, energy, interference and diffraction.

Upper Sixth
Topics studied include: Fields and further mechanics, momentum, simple harmonic motion, gravitation, capacitance, nuclear and thermal physics and astrophysics.

Practical skills are essential to Physics and are taught throughout the course.

How will I be assessed?
There are three written examination papers covering the theoretical and practical content of the course with an additional practical endorsement.

What can study of this subject lead to?
The career opportunities available are as vast as the subject itself. This is because employers see a Physics qualification as an indication of someone who will immediately be an asset to the organisation. Physicists have logical and numerate minds, enjoy a challenge and like solving problems.