Physics

Why should I study this subject?

The study of Physics is “the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them”, but more than this, it is understanding how things work.

No other subject covers the sheer scope that Physics does. From the impossibly small to the amazingly big, you’ll go from analysing the forces that keep nuclei together to calculating the time to orbit stars and planets. From the unbelievably slow to the incredibly fast, you’ll deal with events the range from taking billions of years to taking billionths of a second.

As well as developing your problem solving skills you’ll develop an understanding of the subject that has revolutionised so many of industries that make up our day-to-day life such as transport, communication, medicine, energy, climate change and technology to name a few. Study Physics and change the world!

What will I study?

Year 12

• Waves, including the strange things that can happen when waves meet

  • Particles and radiation, including antiparticles, quarks and quantum phenomena
  • Mechanics and materials, including projectile motion and collisions
  • Electricity, including resistivity and superconductivity
  • Practical skillsYear 13
  •  Further mechanics, including oscillations and circular motion
  • Thermal physics, including gas laws
  • Fields and their consequence, including electrical fields, capacitors, gravitational fields, orbits, magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction
  • Nuclear physics, our knowledge of the nucleus and its application
  • An option unit, “Turning Points in Physics”, which builds on a range of the physics studied in earlier sections
  • Practical skills

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.