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Head of Department: Dr Amelia Marks

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Why Study Physics?

Physics is proud of where it stands at the forefront of science. It enables the accurate and precise study of all investigations because the best instruments used by chemists, biologists, forensic scientists, geologists, metallurgists, volcanologists and other science disciplines have been made through the advances in the subject. Physics is also at the heart of engineering with applications ranging from spacecraft design, motor sport, renewable energy infrastructures and civil engineering to the nuclear and gas/oil power industries. There are many branches of research within physics from the search for clean energy from nuclear fusion to the search for answers on dark matter. Students may also consider taking their studies further with medical physics – a discipline where many exciting new developments are taking place. Students find it beneficial to study A level Mathematics alongside A level Physics.  

Course Details – Exam Board: OCR Syllabus A

This is a Linear A level course consisting of four modules in the first year: development of practical skills in physics; foundations of physics; forces and motion; electrons, waves and photons

The second year consists of some further development of the first year units and two further modules: the Newtonian world and astrophysics; particles and medical physics.

 Entry Requirements

Students are required to achieve at least a Grade B at GCSE level Physics or a BB Grade in GCSE Core and Additional Science. 



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