In Physics you learn about how things work from tiny atoms to the entire universe. You also develop a range of transferable skills including problem-solving, lateral, analytical and creative thinking, and mathematical skills.
In the AS (first year) you will study topics such as light, energy, electricity and forces and motion in greater depth than at GCSE. You will also study exciting new topics such as quantum physics. You will also learn what it is like to be a physicist by designing and carrying out experiments. You will be assessed through two written exams and through practical experiments.
In the second year you will cover medical physics, astronomy and the cosmos, force fields, and energy, and also look at what is being covered in the latest research in physics. Medical physics involves looking at the use of x-rays and ultrasound in medicine, as well as diagnostic methods used in hospitals. Astrophysics covers the nature and evolution of the universe. The A2 year also includes a practical assessment.
There is a national shortage of maths and physics graduates, and their skills are in great demand. If you enjoy science and are good at maths, Physics is a great A level to open a wide range of career options.
What will I study?
- Development of practical skills
- Foundations of physics
- Forces and motion
- Electrons, waves, and photons
- Newtonian world and astrophysics
- Particles and medical physics