Physics

A Level

Curriculum

This exciting and modern course aims to challenge students to change the way they think so that they can solve any scientific problem they may be faced with.

Students learn new, brilliant, and interesting information, which helps them to see how and where physics is used in the real world. Learn how to design a bungee jump, explain how the Photoelectric effect led to Quantum Electrodynamics (the most precisely tested theory ever written), and analyse chocolate using an equation with six different parameters.

Nearly all students taking the first year choose to continue, but the course should be equally appealing to students wanting a stimulating and thought provoking extra AS subject to help them stand out from the crowd.

The full A Level qualification will not only give fantastic job opportunities, but will also enable students to go on to study a wide range of degrees.

Progression

BSc physics or engineering. Engineering apprenticeships.

Careers

Astrophysicist; architect; satellite engineer; clinical scientist; coastal scientist; computer games designer; DJ; gravity researcher; ice scientist; laser fusion scientist; lecturer; material scientist; mechanical engineer; medical researcher; particle physicist; poker player; radar project manager; renewable energy manager; science communicator; solicitor; solar energy physicist; sound engineer; structural engineer; surgeon; teacher; tunnel engineer; TV producer; TV science adviser. (Source: Institute of Physics).

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 6 or higher in GCSE sciences and grade 6 or higher in maths.

Assessment

External examinations plus practical skills competences.

Opportunities for work related activities

The A Level Physics course incorporates a practical skills course that enables students to develop their laboratory skills.