Physics (OCR A)
We study Physics in order to understand the fundamental principles that govern all Energy and Matter in the Universe. Physics gives us tools to understand nature from the scale of sub-atomic particles up to the inter-galactic scale of the universe.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”
Physics, being the central science, is the study of nature at its most fundamental level. Broadly speaking, it is really the study of all that is non-living (with Chemistry technically being a large branch of Physics). As such, it is not surprising that Physics is often combined with other subjects such as Biology in Biophysics or Medical Physics in separate disciplines that students could potentially study in university. Studying Physics opens many doors for students, as employers in diverse fields will hire physicists for their mathematical, modelling, and critical thinking skills.
In this course, students will expand on their GCSE Physics knowledge of Newton’s Laws, electromagnetism and energy. New topics such as Quantum behavior, particle Physics, thermodynamics, signaling & fields will also be studied. A large focus in Physics A level and this reason it is so useful with employers is the analytical, logical and problem solving skills that it develops. As many of these skills also require high levels of Mathematical competence studying Physics without Mathematics A level is typically not advised.
Those thinking of taking Physics, Physics with Maths, Theoretical Physics or Engineering at university should consider taking Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics A Levels plus a fourth subject from either the Arts or Science. It must be pointed out that without Mathematics, Physics cannot be taken beyond A Level if a student is considering Physics or Engineering at university. Physics A Level is highly regarded by medical schools so it is worth considering with Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Many universities now offer degree courses in Physics or Engineering with a foreign language so it could be worth combining Physics with a Modern Language.