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A Level Physics

A Level 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

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Why should I study Physics?

Physics is the study of the fundamental forces in the universe and how they interact with each other and with matter. If you are interested in the very nature of the universe, how it works and how it began (and will possibly end!) then physics is for you. You will have the opportunity to visit universities and the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.

What will I study?

Through a combination of both theory and practical sessions, you will learn about mechanics, subatomic particles, waves, materials, nuclear physics, thermal physics and electricity. You will also study an optional topic where you can choose from astrophysics, medical physics, turning points in physics, electronics or engineering physics.

How is A Level Physics assessed?

Three, equally weighted, 2 hour exams at the end of Year 13 and six required practicals per year.

What can I study with Physics?

Because of its emphasis on critical thinking, analysis and mathematical skills, physics complements most other subjects. Many students study it with mathematics and the other sciences whilst others use it to complement arts or humanities subjects to give a more rounded portfolio of qualifications.

Where does a qualification in Physics lead?

Physics is especially helpful for jobs that involve building things and developing new technologies, including engineering (flight, buildings, space, you name it…), astronomy, robotics, renewable energies, computer science, communications, space exploration, science writing, sports and games technology, research and nanotechnology.

Minimum subject requirements

Grade 6 in physics or 6-6 in combined science and grade 6 in mathematics.

DACA Biology Alumni

Name: Jade

High School: DACA

Subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and AS Further Mathematics

Now studying BA (Hons) Physics at the University of Liverpool.