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Physics

AQA

Physicists look for all the hidden laws that explain why all matter (that’s every physical thing) and energy in the known universe exists, where it comes from and why it behaves the way it does.  Physicists use the laws they uncover to develop new materials, machinery, and technology to improve our lives and help us explore the universe further, from computers to telescopes and spacecraft. On this course you will study topics such as radiation, electricity, waves and mechanics.

Why choose this?
Physics will help you to build up your problem solving, research, and analytical skills. With these skills you’ll be able to test out new ideas plus question and investigate other people’s theories, which is useful for any kind of job that involves research or debate.  Physics is a useful subject for the majority of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) careers and you’ll find physicists everywhere, in industry, transport, government, universities, the armed forces, the secret service, games companies, research labs and more.

Areas of study & assessment
Year 12 units: Measurements and their errors, particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and materials, electricity.

Year 13 units: Further mechanics and thermal physics, fields and their consequences, nuclear physics.

Optional unit: Usually astrophysics or medical physics.

100% examination at the end of Year 13 and 12 required practicals will be assessed within the course. Five practical competencies (CPAC) must also be mastered.  Your teacher will monitor your work and will assess you at key points throughout the course.

Enrichment

  • University based masterclasses 
  • University based lectures

I have recently started studying physics and it has been wonderful. The teachers have been really helpful and the lessons are great. I have really developed my maths skills and have been fascinated by learning about the variety of particles that exist.

A Level Physics student