Why study physics?

This course will challenge you intellectually, and you will take an active role in the consideration of phenomena and the physical world around us. You will become more adept at problem solving and showing analytical skills, and enjoy learning the subject using a range of methods and techniques.

The course will develop your interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, and open up routes to further study and careers associated with physics.

What will I learn about?

Physics content is split into the following modules:

Development of practical skills

Techniques for planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

Particles and radiation

An introduction to particle physics and quantum phenomena

Waves and optics

Stationary and progressive waves, reflection, refraction and Young’s double slit experiment

Mechanics and materials

This unit looks at moments, projectile motion, Newton’s laws, momentum and collisions and materials.


Further mechanics

We will look at circular motion, simple harmonic motion, thermal physics and gas laws


Studying how gravitational and electric fields behave and capacitors and electromagnetic induction

Nuclear physics

This units looks at radioactivity and the future of nuclear power

Optional unit

One from astrophysics, medical physics, engineering physics, turning points in physics or electronics

How will I be assessed?

  • Examinations
  • Practical work

Future pathways and careers

  • Engineering
  • Medical physics
  • Scientific research
  • Project management
  • Electronic engineering
  • Other science related courses

Entry requirements

Two GCSEs at grade 6 in science and grade 6 in mathematics.

Examination board