Physics

Why study this A Level subject?

Physics has never been in such an exciting state as it is today. The challenges of discovering the ultimate structure of matter and the universe and solving the world’s energy crisis lie with physicists. The future of mankind will be directed by people who know about Physics. It improves our daily lives and the world we live in through the development of new technologies. Physicists are widely sought after.

Topics of study at A Level

Quantum physics; sensing; mechanics; imaging and signalling; materials; wave behaviour; particle physics; radioactivity; relativity and cosmology; capacitors; oscillations and resonance; electromagnetic machines; gravitational and electric fields

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Arduino Electronics Club: Open to all ages, to anybody who is interested in electronics/computing/robotics.  Current projects include a smartphone-controlled robot car and a temperature controller for sous-vide cooking.
Physics Olympiad: Our lower sixth students are given the opportunity to enter the AS Challenge paper, and those who score particularly highly will go on to enter the British Physics Olympiad Round 1 competition in Year 13..

What this subject might lead to

Careers in engineering, astronomy, energy, medicine, environmental science, architecture, law, finance, education, television, transport, aviation. The list is almost endless.

Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)

At least a 5 in GCSE Physics or Combined Science (6 recommended for the latter); and at least a 5 in GCSE Mathematics (6 recommended). It is also helpful (but not essential) to be studying AS Maths alongside Physics.