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Physics

A Level

Physics

Physics is a stimulating and challenging subject which will help you to understand and explain things that go on in the world around you. The course covers everything from the weird and nanoscopic science of quantum mechanics and particle physics to the vastness of our observable universe in astrophysics.

Course at a glance

Entry Requirements:

Grade 6 in GCSE physics or 6/6 in combined science and grade 6 in GCSE maths

Specification:

AQA

Length:

2 Years

More about this course

About the course

Physics is a stimulating and challenging subject which will help you to understand and explain things that go on in the world around you. The course covers everything from the weird and nanoscopic science of quantum mechanics and particle physics to the vastness of our observable universe in astrophysics. We also cover: waves, learning how sound and light travel throughout the universe; mechanics and materials, including explosions, collisions and projectiles; electricity, where you will discover how the modern world functions; gravitational and magnetic fields, what keeps us going round the sun, and the technology needed to keep your phone running all day; and nuclear physics – how can we use nuclear energy for carbon-free power?

How you’ll study

Learning is accomplished by building on your existing maths and science knowledge, along with consistent practice with exam-style questions and regular practicals. We also run trips to the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and the Daresbury Scientific Research Laboratory. Students are also invited to visit – and take part in lectures – the University of Manchester Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Careers and destinations

The majority of physics students go on to higher education studying subjects such as physics, engineering and maths. The skills gained by studying physics are also really useful for a whole range of careers, such as in: meteorology, climatology, environmental science, astronomy, radiography, medical physics, research, nanotechnology, photonics, computer science, financial analyst, corporate finance and many, many more.

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