Physics

"Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious." Stephen Hawking

Mr Oniye, Mr Collins
Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE Physics (triple) or Grade 6,6 in GCSE Combined Science (double)

What

In Year 12, you will have an opportunity to study particle physics, quantum physics and electricity. By studying these contrasting topics, you will gain awareness of the on-going development of new ideas in physics. You will study the principles and applications of mechanics, materials and waves including optics in detail. During your course, you will carry out practical experiments and investigations to develop your skills and understanding of important concepts.

In Year 13, you will learn more about force and energy in the contexts of collisions and explosions, circular motion and oscillations, electric, gravitational and magnetic fields, thermal physics and nuclear physics. You will study important applications and devices including capacitors, electric generators and transformers, and nuclear reactors. In studying an optional topic, from a choice of: astrophysics, medical physics, applied physics or turning points in physics, you will build on relevant topics in the compulsory section of the A-level specification to gain a deeper insight. You will gain further practical skills and greater expertise in analysing measurements and evaluating results.

Why

The course has been written to develop your understanding of nature from the smallest possible scale, deep inside the atom, to the largest conceivable distance, stretching across the entire universe. Physics can be linked to other subjects such as mathematics, economics, chemistry, biology, and geography. It certainly answers the question ‘why’?