Physics helps us to appreciate some of the simple and elegant rules which nature appears to follow. It develops our understanding of the behaviour of extremely large objects (like stars and galaxies) to indescribably small ones such as quarks and leptons. You will need a logical mind and be able to study independently. If you like problem solving then you will enjoy studying Physics.

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs, 2 at grade B and 3 at grade C, including English.
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  • A mean GCSE points score of at least 6.0
  • A grade A in GCSE Mathematics.

What will I study?

Awarding Body:

  • Pearson Education Ltd

Assessment:

  • Examination - 100%

Course Content:

Year One

  • Paper 1: Core Physics I
    • This paper involves the study of mechanics (rectilinear motion, forces, momentum, energy and power) and electric circuits (current and resistance, Ohm’s law and non-ohmic materials, potential dividers, emf and internal resistance of cells, and negative temperature coefficient thermistors).
  • Paper 2 Core Physics II
    • This unit involves the study of materials (flow of liquids, viscosity, Stokes’ Law, properties of materials, Young’s modulus and elastic strain energy), waves (including refraction, polarisation, diffraction and standing (stationary) waves) and the wave/particle nature of light.
  • Coursework is not part of the assessment. Students will undertake a number of core practicals which are assessed in the written papers.

Year Two - The second year builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding achieved in the first year.

  • Paper 1 Advanced Physics 1
    • This unit involves the study of Mechanics, Electric Circuits, Further Mechanics, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Nuclear and Particle Physics.
  • Paper 2 Advanced Physics 2
    • This unit involves the study of Materials, Waves and Particle Nature of Light, Thermodynamics, Space, Nuclear Radiation, Gravitational Fields, Oscillations,Salters.

Where does it lead?

Physics is a challenging and rewarding A Level which is highly thought of by universities and employers. It is essential for university study in physics, astrophysics, aeronautical engineering, electronic and mechanical engineering. Physics is also highly desirable for many other degree courses such as mathematics, sciences, medicine, computing and architecture and sport.

 

“I studied Physics with Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry at Cadbury College, achieving grades A*AAA. I am now studying a degree in Physics at The University of Nottingham.”

Jack Henry