Why study Physics?

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. 

Topics of study at A-Level

Properties of materials, waves, electricity, particle physics, relativity, quantum behaviour, radioactivity, cosmology, electromagnetic machines, gravitational and electric fields, kinematics and mechanics. The concepts studied are integrated with a range of practical experiments throughout each topic. There are opportunities to apply knowledge of the key concepts to solve problems in a range of different contexts and applications.

I find the mathematical element of Physics the most rewarding, and of course studying Physics is deepening my understanding of how the world works.
Romily, Sixth Form Physics Student

Opportunities beyond the classroom

The Physics Department runs a biennial trip to the CERN laboratories in Geneva, Switzerland. We also enter the Physics Olympiad and run a STEM club.

What this subject might lead to

Physicists are widely sought after. Physics A-Level is one of the most universally accepted qualifications for progression to university. It can lead to careers in environmental science, space, energy, medicine, architecture, law, finance, education, research, communication, television, transport, engineering and more. 

Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)

At least a 6 at GCSE Physics or Combined Science (7-9 recommended for the latter); and at least a 6 in GCSE Mathematics (7-9 recommended). It is also helpful to be studying Maths alongside Physics.