Physics is a challenging and interesting subject that will help you to understand the world and universe around you. It is also an important qualification for many careers.
If you have an inquisitive mind and want to understand how the world works, the study of physics will provide many of the answers. This course will develop your essential scientific knowledge and understanding, as well as establish sound links between theory and experiment. The ability to work in groups as well as independently is paramount in your development during the course. A level Physics also provides you with the skills to apply physics knowledge to another subject area at university, as it is highly regarded as a test of problem-solving ability and logical thought. The Physics course will effectively cover the ‘rules of the universe’. In Year 12 the topics studied are: materials, waves and the particle nature of light, mechanics and electric circuits. The topics studied in Year 13 will be: further mechanics, gravitational fields, electric and magnetic fields, nuclear and particle physics, nuclear radiation, thermodynamics, oscillations and space.