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Why study Physics?

It has been said that we are currently in a “Golden Age” of Physics with so many new advances in Astronomy and Particle Physics. As an A level physicist you will develop an appreciation of these advances and you will also encounter some of the most fundamental questions in science.  The A level syllabus includes the modern ideas of  Quantum Theory and Cosmology as well as the classical theories of Galileo and Newton. The science of the digital era is also a theme that runs through the course. 

Course content/Outline:

A Level Units
Module 1: Development of practical skills in   physics
Module 2: Foundations of physics
Module 3: Forces and motion
Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons
Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics
Module 6: Particles and medical physics

Three written examination papers and ‘Practical endorsement in Physics’ which is reported separately and does not contribute to the overall A2 grade.

  1. Modelling physics – 2 hours 15 minutes – content from modules 1,2,3 & 5 (37%)
  2. Exploring physics – 2 hours 15 minutes – content from modules 1,2,4 & 6(37%)
  3. Unified physics – 1 hour 30 minutes – content from modules 1-6 (26%)

The course currently involves visits to Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, university lectures and an optional visit to CERN in Geneva.  Students are strongly  encouraged to read around the subject.

What career opportunities are there?

Physics opens the door to a wide range of degree courses at University.  It is often essential for Engineering courses together with Mathematics and is recommended for many technology based degrees.  Physics is ideal for students looking to study a scientific subject or a medical degree.  Physics graduates are highly employable and although many pursue a career in scientific research, many progress into jobs in the financial and business sectors.

Syllabus: Physics A

Examination Board: OCR

More information: Dr W Henry / Mrs L Swift