Physics is the Science that attempts to describe how nature works using the language of mathematics.
It is a fascinating subject and it is the theories of Physics that provide us with some of our deepest notions of space, time, matter and energy.
The importance of Physics to society today is most easily represented by our reliance on technology. Many of the technologies that that are continually transforming the world we live in can be directly traced back to important physics research. Students will link their theoretical work in class to higher level ideas such as Superconductors, Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. Throughout the A Level course students will gain an appreciation of the famous scientists and the stories behind the great leaps forward in Physics.
Perhaps the greatest skill a Physics student develops is a sense of wonder about how things work. There is no denying that physics is a difficult subject to study at A Level. However it is important to remember that studying Physics also has great rewards. For those with an ambition to be at the forefront of developing technologies and theories that describe our reality it is necessary to study Physics at school and beyond. The Department is fortunate to have teachers who have the experience, skills and passion to help ‘unlock’ this subject and this is reflected in the excellent examination results that they achieve.
Why Choose Physics
- Pursue a Physics or Physics related specialist degree including Engineering, Mathematics, Computing or Material Sciences.
- Progress to a wide range of careers in sectors including Engineering, Materials, Research and Education.
- Learn core skills including solving problems using mathematics and experimental techniques.
Further information on the Physics A Level can be found on the Edexcel website.
Unit 1 – Physics on the Go
Unit 2 – Physics at Work
Unit 3 – Physics Practical Assessment
Unit 4 – Physics on the Move
Unit 5 – Physics from Creation to Collapse
Unit 6 – Physics Practical Assessment
Unit 1 – 100% Exam
Unit 2 – 100% Exam
Unit 3 – 100% Coursework
Unit 4 – 100% Exam
Unit 5 – 100% Exam
Unit 6 –100% Coursework
Trips, Activities and Extension
Rutherford Appleton Laboratories
Students usually visit Rutherford Appleton Laboratories for Physics Master Classes and also to attend relevant lectures in the ‘Talking Science’ programme.