This is a subject involving advanced scientific models and theories, problem solving and mathematical skills.
A large part of the course involves the use of mathematical skills (such as algebra) combined with the understanding of scientific theories, to attain answers pertaining to topics such as Particle Physics, Mechanics and Electricity.
The aim is to prepare students to develop the skills to potentially answer any physical question, or plan an experiment to investigate the universe at any scale.
Students will complete 12 required practicals and present a lab book for the Physics Practical Endorsement. The endorsement is a requirement of all Science undergraduates at university. The practicals include investigations into stationary waves, emf, gravitational fields and elasticity of metals.
The course is taught by Physics specialists and all practical work is internally assessed. The examinations are held in June and externally marked. A level examinations (three 2 hour papers) will be taken at the end of the two year course.
The course requires an interest in how the universe works, from subatomic particles to galaxies. It is a demanding curriculum which requires tenacity, self-motivation, preparation and practise.
Students have gone on to higher education courses at university as well as taking up apprenticeships.
One student from year 12 will become Physicist of the Year – a prestigious award given by the Odgen Trust which comes with the opportunity for a scholarship at Durham University.
At least a grade 6 in Physics or a grade 6-6 in Combined Science.
A grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics is also required.
Recommended combined study with A level Mathematics