The study of Physics is aimed at gaining an understanding of natural phenomena, and the formulation of laws (often in a mathematical form) which attempt to describe how things happen in the natural world.
In order to successfully follow a course of study in Physics at this level, the student should have an interest in the subject, and possess the necessary study skills to develop:
a knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of Physics
the ability to handle, apply, and evaluate information
practical skills and good investigative techniques
confidence in a technological world, and the ability to take an informed interest in scientific matters.
The syllabus is constructed on a ‘core plus applications’ basis. Practical work, together with associated planning, analysis and evaluation, is seen as an integral and essential part of the course.
The core consists of six sections:
1. General Physics
2. Newtonian Mechanics
4. Oscillations and Waves
5. Electricity and Magnetism
6. Modern Physics
The AS component is taught over one year and requires the study of part of each of the above core topics, together with practical work.
The full A level course includes the remainder of the core topics, together with the topic ‘Applications of Physics’, and the ‘Planning, Analysis and Evaluation’ unit, linked to the practical work programme.
A good pass in A level Physics provides an excellent stepping stone to further educational and career opportunities. It is a requirement for entry into many degree courses in the technological field, including particularly, most branches of engineering.
A Physics background is highly valued across a wide range of professions, from those in the scientific field to senior management and beyond.