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Why Study Physics?

If you choose Physics A level, you ought to have a passion for it. And if you haven’t got that passion, that’s it probably because you haven’t really looked into it in enough detail.

If you do find this passion, you can do anything with Physics… you could be an engineer of course, but also a financial analyst, a lawyer, or you can pursue all the science routes.. You become very employable due to your developed analytical skills and also your proven ability to understand and apply complex theories. Physics opens doors for you. 

Jon Norrey
Head of Physics

About the Course

Physics enables us to model the infinite complexities of the world around us.

Physics enables us to model the infinite complexities of the world around us. This course will help you develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of physics and how they relate to each other. In Year 12 you will study electric circuits, classical Mechanics, waves and more contemporary ideas such as Quantum Physics. In Year 13 your knowledge of classical Mechanics will develop to encompass circular motion, as well as studying thermal physics, capacitors and electric and magnetic fields. You will also gain an understanding of today’s applications of physics in medical imaging and nuclear physics. This course builds directly on GCSE Physics, and is equally accessible to The WLFS students and those joining us from other schools. This course aims to develop your interest in, and enthusiasm for, physics, and is a gateway to further study and careers in physics or engineering. Studying physics also demonstrates abstract thinking and problem-solving skills, which are valued highly in university subject areas as diverse as mathematics, law or economics.  

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Course Structure

  • Core Content Y12 & Y13

    1. Measurements and their errors
    2. Particles and radiation
    3. Waves
    4. Mechanics and materials
    5. Electricity
    6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
    7. Fields and their consequences
    8. Nuclear physics

    Options – Y13

    1. Astrophysics
    2. Medical physics
    3. Engineering physics
    4. Turning points in physics
    5. Electronics