Physics is the most fundamental science and involves the study of the universe from the smallest subatomic particles to the largest galaxies. It is essential to our understanding of the world around us and challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity, quantum mechanics and dark matter. It also leads to great discoveries and technologies which change our lives, such as electricity, X-rays, television, computers, lasers and space flight.

A level physics is a highly regarded qualification that provides opportunities to enter a wide range of different careers. Its value in the job market cannot be underestimated. It is recommended that students also follow an A level mathematics course, however, students not studying mathematics will need to study the maths for physics course alongside their A levels.

What will I study?

The A level physics course enables us to adopt a flexible approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering key concepts. The course content is split into six modules, module one is the development of practical skills. Module two covers the foundations of physics. Module three, focuses on forces and motion and module four, studies electrons, waves and photons. In Year 13 students’ complete module five which is Newtonian’s world and astrophysics along with module six looking at particles and medical physics.

As students progress through the course they will build on their knowledge of the laws of physics, applying their understanding to solve problems on topics ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe. Lessons will incorporate an extensive range of experimental work to enhance the learning experience and numerous workshops are available to support classroom teaching and substantial online physics resources are available via the College Moodle.

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • Enrichment classes are held for students entering the physics Olympiad competition
  • Regular events are held as part of the HE+ programme and students applying to Oxford University also receive support in preparation for the physics aptitude test
  • Guest speakers from the University of Birmingham’s physics department are invited in to provide specialist talks for students

What can it lead to?

Physics is a highly respected A level that is essential for most physics and engineering courses. The analytical, numerate and critical appraisal skills that the physics courses develop open up a wealth of career opportunities from the obvious mathematical, scientific, medical and computing areas to the business and financial professions.

Special entry requirements

GCSE grades 6-6 combined science or a 6 in physics (if studied as a separate science) and 6 in maths.

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