The science that drives technological advancement, impacting society, the economy, and the environment. 

Why study Physics? 

Do you want a qualification that offers amazing career opportunities?  If you like critical thinking, problem solving and stretching your mathematical ability, physics is the subject for you.  As you study a wide range of fascinating topics, physics will give you the skills needed to flourish in the modern world.   

What will I study?

Developing practical skills in physics 

Design and carry out experiments on a wide range of interesting topics as you develop your experimental skills. 

Foundations of physics 

Use vectors to represent forces and motion and derive experimental units from base units.  

Forces and motion 

Analyse the effect of forces on the motion of bodies as you gain a deeper understanding of energy transfers and the mechanical properties of materials.  

Electrons, waves and photons 

Study the electrical properties of matter. Solve problems based on wave interference and dive into the world of quantum physics as you begin to model particles as waves.  

Newtonian world and astrophysics 

Use a knowledge of fields to model orbits, investigate the birth of the universe, study the thermal properties of materials, and analyse starlight.   

Particles and medical physics 

Model the fundamental particles of matter and perform nuclear fission and fusion calculations. Study the increasing importance of physics in the medical profession.   

Which exam board & how will I be assessed?

OCR Physics A.  

There are three exams which you will sit in the summer of the second year.     

All students achieve the practical endorsement in physics qualification.   

Where could it take me?

Many students expand their knowledge gained at A-level and continue in the fields of physics or engineering. As studying physics gives students such a broad and desirable set of skills, physics students are equally as likely to be found in the fields of medicine, media and communications, software development, robotics, law, business, and finance. 

Subject combinations

It is strongly advised that students study A-level Maths with Physics. Physics combines particularly well with Further Maths, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, and Economics.  

What support is available?

The department provides a full set of paper and online resources. Online and in person tutorial support is offered to students. Sessions are available which expand the scope of the course, as well as those which develop exam technique and re-review the theory. 

What extracurricular activity is available?

Trips and visits to universities and local employers. Guest speakers are booked to inspire students. Engineering project design with local employers to give real world experience of the use of engineering in industry. 

Did you know?

The percentage of students achieving A*-B grade is significantly higher than the national average. 

The department runs dedicated sessions supporting students with university applications.