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What is the course about?

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us and the world beyond us. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like quantum mechanics, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that lead to technologies which change our lives – from treating cancer, to developing sustainable energy solutions and telecommunication. It is the most basic and fundamental science. In this course you will discover the basic principles or laws which govern the natural world. The course develops quickly upon previous studies and builds students’ interest and enthusiasm for physics. Ideas from GCSE will be expanded upon using more rigorous mathematical methods.

Course content

Module 1 – Development of Practical Skills in Physics

  • Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.

Module 2 – Foundations of Physics

  • Physical quantities and units.
  • Making measurements and analysing data.
  • Nature of quantities.

Module 3 – Forces and Motion

  • Motion.
  • Forces in action.
  • Work, energy and power.
  • Materials.
  • Newton’s laws of motion and momentum.

Module 4 – Electrons, Waves and Photons

  • Charge and current.
  • Energy, power and resistance.
  • Electrical circuits.
  • Waves.
  • Quantum physics.

Module 5 – Newtonian world and Astrophysics

  • Thermal physics.
  • Circular motion.
  • Oscillations.
  • Gravitational fields.
  • Astrophysics.

Module 6 – Particles and Medical Physics

  • Capacitors.
  • Electric fields.
  • Electromagnetism.
  • Nuclear and particle physics.
  • Medical imaging.

Career pathways

A qualification in physics will allow progression to pure physics degrees such as theoretical physics, astrophysics and geophysics plus medical physics and materials science, as well as a vast variety of engineering disciplines such as electrical, mechanical, civil and aeronautical engineering. It is helpful for those studying architecture. It can also lead to career options such as financial analyst, lawyer and video game designer.

Entry criteria

Minimum of a grade 6-6 in the GCSE Combined Science Award or a grade 6 in GCSE Physics. It is also highly recommended that students also study an A Level in Mathematics.