Why study physics?
Whilst physics is often thought of as being detached from the everyday it plays an invaluable part in everybody’s lives. It is the study of the entire universe; we see the enormity of the stars far beyond us, and the complexity in every raindrop and how this adds to the beauty of the everyday.
Physicists have a deep desire to understand, often through resilience. Whilst we take great care to accurately measure and test predictions our greatest intrigue and excitement comes from observations that do not fit.
Physics is important because it allows us to establish what is true and to distinguish it from fiction. Believing in fiction leads to bad consequences. Good physicists can tell truth from falsehood.
Physics is a versatile and highly regarded subject at any level as it immediately conveys an excellence in resilience and problem solving skills. With these skills a versatile and international world of career prospects are available to you. Those with social knowledge, cultural interest and anybody who cares about the world around us can be a good physicist.
What our students say
“Physics is the science of everything and if one has the opportunity to learn about everything why wouldn’t you choose to learn it?” Musa
“Physics is key to explaining the world around us. No other subject can take the indescribable and turn it into a model that can be understood, thus offering insights that cannot be found anywhere else. Physics develops skills including: critical thinking, problem solving, mathematical ability and practical skills, making it a great choice for any scientific or mathematical course.” Lucas
“Physics is one of the best ways to gain new insight of the world around you, knowledge being the key to see it in a way different to others.” Wisdom
“Physics lets me understand the world we live in, and never fails to amaze me with its unbelievable truths.” Sam
Grades 8,7 in double award science or 7,7 if studying maths A-level, or 7 in physics GCSE. Grade 7 in maths GCSE.
- Experimental physics
- Theoretical physics
- Natural sciences
- Aerospace engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Medical physics
- Computer science
“I reckon that physicists can do pretty much anything. Our training can be applied to almost any activity, and it allows us to see things in ways that might not be obvious to others.” Simon Singh
- Aerospace engineer
- Mechanical engineer
- Medical physicist
- Software developer
The A-level course
|Exam paper||% of A-level||Topic|
|Paper 1||34||Atomic physics, mechanics, materials and electricity.|
|Paper 2||34||Thermal physics, electric and gravitational fields and nuclear physics.|
|Paper 3||32||Section A - Practical skills and data analysis; Section B - Turning points in physics or one of the other optional courses|
- Art and design
- Business studies
- Classical civilisation
- Computer science
- Design technology
- Drama and theatre studies
- English language
- English literature
- Government and politics
- Physical education
- Religious studies