Physics is a challenging subject, which teaches you to think. It combines well with other Science subject, and with Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Student’s will develop an understanding of the principles which govern our universe, ranging from the smallest known particles as they study sub-atomic structure, to the largest possible scale of our universe. Physics builds upon the skills developed at GCSE, and begins to add the mathematical analysis of many of the concepts studied previously. Alongside the theoretical work, students will undertake a number of practical activities across a range of different topics. The topics studied include electricity, motion and mechanics, waves and optics, particle physics and nuclear physics.
Physicists are problem solvers. Their analytical skills make physicists versatile and adaptable so they work in interesting places. Physics brings a broad perspective to any problem, and develops thinking skills that can be applied to any new context. Alongside these analytical skills, Physics develops the application of mathematical skills to problems, and requires the ability to work practically. Developments in Physics are rarely made by a single person, and the development of teamwork and leadership skills are essential for a successful student of Physics.
Physics is assessed by written examination. The exams will cover both theoretical ideas and understanding of practical physics. There will also be a practical skills endorsement which will be assessed throughout the course, based on the teacher’s observation of practical ability. This will not form part of the’ A’ Level grade, but will be a separate endorsement.
Physics is considered to be a facilitating subject by the Russell Group universities so opens up options in a wide range of courses and can lead to jobs in numerous different fields. The problem solving skills developed are useful in many different engineering disciplines, many medical degree courses favour candidates with physics, and radiography benefits hugely from an understanding of Physics and finance related courses and jobs frequently recruit from those with a background in Physics. Computer Science, Journalism, Architecture, Aeronautics, Climatology – the list of career paths opened up by choosing Physics is endless.