How can things be in two places at once? Is time travel possible? What are the most fundamental building blocks of the universe? How do every day machines work? The world is a bewilderingly complex place but, amazingly, it can be understood by using a small number of fundamental principles, particles and forces that govern their interactions. Physics is the study of these principles.
You will find that Physics is truly all around you, in your ipod or mobile phone, in the stars you see at night and the sport that you watch on television. The skills that you can expect to develop are: analytical, mathematical, practical, social and ethical, all of which are increasingly sought after and will make you an attractive proposition for both universities and employers. Physics trains you to understand and interpret scientific information, to process data and solve problems. It develops your practical skills and encourages imagination and also common sense. You learn to analyse, build mental pictures, propose theories and to be critical.
Physics is a challenging and interesting subject which will help you to understand the world and universe around you! A-level Physics is also an important qualification for many careers. Some students go on to study Physics at university. This may lead to a career in research and development, either in a university or in industry. Perhaps the majority of those who study A-level Physics do so in order to apply their physics knowledge in another subject area at university. Examples of this are the many branches of engineering, electronics and meteorology. For these careers, A-level Physics is essential. Other students choose to study Physics because they feel that it will be useful even if not essential for their career for example, medicine or biochemistry. The remainder are going to follow a career in a completely unrelated area such as law or accountancy. This group of students may have chosen Physics simply because they enjoy it or because they know that it is highly regarded by universities as a test of problem-solving ability and logical thought.
To a large extent, the AS Physics begins by covering much the same subject matter as most GCSE courses, but the treatment is deeper, more rigorous and challenging. We study the equations of motion, properties of materials, electricity and circuits and then move on to study the very bizarre nature of the quantum world and the photoelectric effect.
In the A2 course, the content broadens considerably and we study a number of topics that are at the cutting edge of Physics research. We will study the quark model of matter, follow the most recent findings of the research at CERN and discover some of the secrets of the formation of the universe.