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Physics has no limits physics seeks to explain everything in your life, on this planet, other planets, to the far reaches of universe and beyond.

Physics also deals with the big questions: How do we search for aliens? Are there parallel universes? Will we ever travel back in time? Why do we always find the smallest bits of cereal at the bottom of the packet?

During your GCSE course you will have come across the main concepts of physics: forces, energy, waves, radioactivity, electricity and magnetism. At A-level you will start to see how these ideas work together, and begin to grasp the universal principles that apply to everything from the smallest atoms to the largest galaxies.

Do you want to investigate the limits of space, the beginning of time and everything in between? Whatever you do the knowledge and skills you gain by studying physics will be useful. Physics is more than a subject – it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries.

The structure of the course:

Year 12

Topics: Mechanics, Electrical Circuits, Materials, Waves and the Particle Nature of Light.

Year 13

Topics: Further Mechanics, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Nuclear and Particle Physics, thermodynamics, Space, Nuclear Radiation, Gravitational Fields and Oscillations

Assessment:

AS Physics candidates will study only the Year 12 topics and be assessed by two examinations.

A Level candidates will study all components and have three examinations at the end of Year 13.  One of these examinations will include questions on practical principles. There will also be a practical skills endorsement component that is assessed separately to the A Level as either pass or fail.

Westonbirt School Physics Department believes strongly in the exposure of our students to practical experiences. We believe the practical endorsement is an opportunity to enrich the A Level physics curriculum.

Why study physics?

“There are millions of students in the world, but to get a job you have to stand out from the crowd. Physics will help to give you that edge; people are always impressed by a qualification in physics.”

If you study physics you can go on to a wide variety of careers and courses, including: medicine, astrophysics, weather forecasting, law, media and TV, renewable energy, mechanical engineer, architecture, accountant, particle physicist, publishing, environment and climate, computer games development, sound engineering, music producing, satellite engineer, and a wide variety of other areas and roles. 

Miss Helen Rogerson
Head of Science

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