Physics, at A level, builds on topics that will be familiar from GCSE studies – taking them to the next level by looking at more in-depth theoretical explanations. The course balances classical physics content, like mechanics and electricity, with more modern topics such as particle physics. One common aspect is the use of mathematical models to help explain phenomena seen in the real world, so a good level of maths is crucial for anybody considering physics at A level. Time in class will be spent both studying the theoretical aspects of Physics and investigating the practical aspects through experimentation. Individual work, group work, class discussion and personal research will all play important roles in developing students’ understanding of the topics covered and of How Science Works – the exploration of how scientific knowledge is developed, validated and communicated by the scientific community.
This course pairs well with maths, thanks to the large number of equations that we use, and the amount of calculation involved. Engineering is another complimentary subject; there are links through our study of materials and their properties, and electrical circuits.
This course is a good step towards university courses in physics, maths, various types of engineering (such as civil, electronic, mechanical, or aeronautical) and economics or accountancy. A good physics A level shows university that you have great mathematical skills, can think logically and are able to solve complex problems.