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Physics

Course Content

Year 12 - Particle Physics, Quantum Phenomena, Electricity, Waves & Optics, Materials, Mechanics

Year 13 - Fields & Further Mechanics, Thermal & Nuclear Physics, Fundamental Turning Points in Physics

The Nature of the Course

Physics is at the heart of everything and is a highly rewarding discipline to study at school. Physics is a basic element in our understanding of the world and the foundation of our technology. It has influenced the whole of our culture, contributing important ideas to many non-scientific academic disciplines.

During the A Level course you will explore questions such as: How did the universe begin? What is Quantum Physics? How can we use Physics to treat cancer? What is smaller than a proton and neutron? If you have an enquiring mind, are always asking why things happen, then Physics will help you find the answers. It forms the basis of most modern technologies and holds the future to global well-being.

Special Features

Alongside your studies in the classroom you will have ample opportunities to develop your subject knowledge and skills through the range of extracurricular activities. The school offers the chance for you to attend lectures at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University. You could assist in the running of the astronomy club in the Llowarch Observatory. We also have a robotics club and regular help classes. We are fortunate to be the hub school for the Stamford Ogden Trust so we organise a selection of activities supported by the Trust including space centre visits; rocket and space days; Big Bang events.

Skills Demanded and Developed

It is expected that any student wishing to embark upon studying Physics A Level will have achieved at least a B grade (although is it preferable to have achieved a grade A or above) in Physics IGCSE/ GCSE or the Physics components of the Double Award Science at IGCSE/ GCSE. Those who are not entering three separate Sciences should seek advice from their teachers about their readiness for the demands of A Level study.

As well as studying Physics you will also be developing many skills invaluable to your future career and life:

  • A logical and numerate mind;
  • The ability to solve problems;
  • Communication skills, developed through report writing and presentations;
  • Computing and practical skills;
  • Teamwork and flexibility (essential for lab work and projects).

Careers and Higher Education Implications

Physics falls into a group of subjects which have been dubbed SIV (Strategically Important and Vulnerable) because of this it is seen as a highly desirable A Level when presenting yourself as a potential science or technology undergraduate. Physics is a subject which pairs well with the other sciences and with humanities subjects but the combinations that you choose will affect the types of degree courses you can apply for.

Strong A Level Combinations

Mathematics
Biology
Chemistry
Art
Any humanities subject

Possible Further Study and Degree Courses

Physical Science
Engineering
Architecture
Chemical Engineering
Natural Sciences
Medicine

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