BASIC COURSE DETAILS
Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences, with its ultimate goal being to understand any and all aspects of our universe, from the apparently simple (e.g. the motion of a dropped object) to the highly complex (e.g. the search for the Higgs Boson at CERN).
IS IT FOR ME?
This course is for those who want to know just how and why the natural world works as it does, and covers a wide range of physics topics from the tiniest scale of sub-atomic particles to the evolution of the cosmos. It aims develop an interest and enthusiasm for the subject along with the full skill-set needed to be successful within it (practicing physics requires a high level of mathematical, communication and thinking skills). While it not essential to study A Level mathematics alongside A Level physics it can be highly beneficial and is recommended. The mathematical nature of many of the physics topics are well supported by the skills and techniques used in the mathematics course.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
- Module 1: Practical Skills in Physics
- Module 2: Foundations in Physics
- Module 3: Mechanics
- Module 4: Electrons, Waves and Photons
- Module 5: Newtonian World and Astrophysics
- Module 6: Particle Physics and Medical Physics
WHAT DOES STUDYING PHYSICS LEAD ON TO?
Physics is a useful qualification for many university courses or career paths, particularly within the physical sciences, and is directly applicable to those involving engineering and information/communication technology. It also directly links to careers within design, the armed forces and sports science. The skills it develops are also valued within a wide range of other careers, such as the financial industry.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
There will be three external written exam papers: Modelling physics (01) will assess content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5. Exploring physics (02) will assess content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6. Unified physics (03) will assess content from all modules (1-6).
Practical endorsement in biology is achieved by successfully completing a series of practical tasks over the two years of the course. Paper 3 will focus on the practical element of the course.