Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of. They probe the furthest
reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the
surface of normal human experience. Physics, like all sciences, is a practical subject.
Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities
• investigating interference and diffraction of laser light
• measuring acceleration due to gravity
• investigating systems that oscillate
• investigation of the links between temperature, volume and
• safe use of ionising radiation
• investigating magnetic fields.
These practicals will give you the skills and confidence needed
to investigate the way things
behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study
a Physics-based subject at
university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out
successful experiments in your degree.
Two GCSE 6 grades or above in Science: Grade 6 in GCSE Physics plus a Grade 6 in one other Science
or 6/6 double science is required. Grade 6 in Mathematics. It is strongly recommended that students
study A Level Mathematics alongside this course.
Students should expect to complete a minimum of 6 hours additional independent study a week
A Level Physics can lead onto all sorts of fields of study or work. As well as the chance to study Physics
at University, the subject will also help if you go on to study Mathematics or Chemistry after A-Level. If
apprenticeships are taken up then physics is particularly useful within the field of engineering. With
Physics being such a highly regarded subject, the opportunities that open up with a good Physics grade
extend beyond the mathematical sciences area.