Why should I study Physics?
If you enjoy physics then seize the opportunity to explore the subject in greater depth and find out more about the fundamental laws that govern our universe. If you are unsure about whether to continue with Physics, still read on!
Clearly if your interests lie in engineering or in pure physics then it is an essential choice. However, bear in mind that the skills developed through the study of physics are equally important skills for barristers, lawyers, accountants, business analysts and in fact for anything you might want to pursue in the future!
What skills will I gain?
Being able to understand complex ideas and then applying your knowledge and understanding to fresh and unfamiliar situations is the key to success in physics – and in life! Throughout the course you will get plenty of opportunity to develop this ability by acquiring skills in data analysis, interpreting experiment results, making connections, drawing conclusions, solving problems, applying mathematics, research, communication and, of course, practical work.
What will I learn?
During the first year, the course builds on the foundations laid down during your GCSE course.
Many of the topics that you have already investigated are expanded to greater depth, though to be fair, with increased mathematical rigour. You will also explore new areas; in particular you will be introduced to some of the more conceptually demanding ideas such as wave/particle duality which contribute to the modern understanding of the nature of matter and energy.
For those who continue beyond the first year of study, there will be a grounding in other major topics: Thermal Physics, Fields, Electromagnetism, the Structure of the Nucleus and a study of Medical physics and Cosmology which provide examples of physics in action at the frontiers of science.
An 8 or 9 in GCSE Mathematics and Physics or Science would normally be a necessary requirement for entry. Although the study of Physics and Maths go hand-in-hand and support each other, it is not necessary to study Maths in the Sixth Form to take physics. Students who achieve an 8 or 9 in GCSE Maths will be able to cope with the demands of A level physics.
Examination Board: OCR
Miss M. Ma
Head of Department