What Will I Study?
Lessons are fairly varied – incorporating normal lecturing, experimentation, demonstration, practice questions, group work, student presentations to name but a few.
Students will learn about fundamental physical concepts and how to apply these in everyday and technological settings.
Module 1 – Development of practical skills (Yr 1 & 2)
Module 2 – Fundamental data analysis (Yr 1 & 2)
Module 3 – Physics in Action (Yr 1)
Physics in Action is concerned with communication and materials. Here we study the importance of digital techniques in image handling, satellite communications and computing. Exploring how we can design sensors to monitor our environment and interpret their quality and use. We then go on to investigate the properties of a wide range of designer materials from semiconductors to polymers, and understand how their structure controls these.
Module 4 – Understanding Processes (Yr 1)
Understanding Processes focuses on waves, quantum behaviour and Newtonian mechanics. Here we consider the beauty of sound and light and go on to explore the weird and wonderful quantum nature of light and matter. In the mechanics section we predict the motion of objects as they are subjected to forces.
Module 5 – Rise & Fall of the Clockwork Universe (Yr 2)
The Rise and Fall of the Clockwork Universe investigates the role of models to predict the universe we live in, exploring the natural rhythms of orbital systems and rules that govern them. Working with Newton and Einstein the fundamentals of the Universe are laid bare. Thermodynamics and the role of statistical probability are investigated to discover the link between temperature and events happening.
Module 6 – Field and Particle Physics (Yr 2)
Field and Particle Physics follows the curious but crucial world of electromagnetism. Following the physics of the amazing discovery of electrical generation. Delving into the depths of particle accelerators and the research currently occurring at CERN. You will learn about the standard model and bizarre subatomic particle environment. Radioactive risk rounds off the unit.
Practical Endorsement – A-level only.
Physics incorporates a lot of maths and students who study maths (and further maths) find the course easier and more fulfilling.
A-level have 3 exams at the end of the 2 year course
AS-level have 2 exams at the end of the 1 year course
The majority of students go on to university, typically to study Physics, Engineering, Maths or Computer Science.
There are a range of opportunities for visits. Past trips have included Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, Bristol University & Thorpe Park.
Students will be expected to buy a lab notebook and a maximum of 6 question booklets over the 2 years. Approximate cost £10.
Grade 6 in Physics OR 6 in both Core AND Additional Science. Grade 6 in Maths. We strongly recommend that you take AS-level Maths alongside Physics.
This is a series of experiments conducted across the 2 years allowing you to develop and demonstrate your practical skills. It does not contribute to your overall grade but is assessed as a pass or fail.
Progression and Career Opportunities
People with maths and science skills are in demand. People with maths and science skills earn more. Starting salaries for science sector jobs can be as much as £32,000, putting them in the top 20% of starting salaries. People who did Maths A-level earn around 10% more over their lifetime than those who did not. Average wage for a physicist is £14,000 to £70,000 depending on experience.
- Investment Analyst
- Nuclear Engineer
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