Physics


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GCE A Level

Costs:

A range of extracurricular opportunities are offered to students. These are all optional and may incurr a cost but they are highly recommended

Participation in the Engineering Education Scheme incurs a charge (2015 cost was £108 per student).

Specific requirements

  • Two B grades or above in Core and Additional Science or 
  • B grade or above in Physics
  • B (6) grade in Mathematics (Higher Tier)
  • C (4) grade in English Language

Entry requirements on ‘SSFC Course Information, Advice & Guidance’ document also apply.

What will I study?

Twentieth century Physics is an immortal work. The human imagination.......has produced no monuments to equal it, not the pyramids.....not the cathedrals. The men and women who made these conceptions one after the other are the heroes of our age.” J. Bronowski [Historian]

Physics attempts to understand the nature of energy and matter – in other words it covers almost everything. From the unimaginably small components of matter to the mind-blowing vastness of the universe we will give you an introduction to some of the ideas that underlie Physics and the advances we have made in understanding them.

The course itself features topics such as electricity and mechanics that you will remember from GCSE, although they will be covered to a much greater depth and more mathematically! There are also new aspects of Physics such as positrons, neutrinos, kaons, spectra, photons, simple harmonic motion, gravity.

 

Where does it lead?

A good grade in Physics is essential for many careers including those in science, engineering, electronics and the medical field, but don’t forget that Physics is a highly regarded A level
whatever your future choice of career.

Physics graduates are highly valued for their problem-solving and numeracy. Some examples of other careers open to you include: architecture, medicine, veterinary sciences,
oceanography, photography, cartography, science broadcasting or journalism, computer-aided design, quantity surveying, graphic art and technical jobs in media. In the world of finance
Physics graduates are in even greater demand due to their transferable skills.