What will I study?
In the first year the course will include quantum and nuclear physics in addition to all the core topics of mechanics, electricity and circuits, waves and properties of matter (materials). As well as learning theory, you will complete a number of experiments including 6 assessed practicals. The maths required is higher level GCSE (algebra and trigonometry are important) but you are expected to apply it in more practical situations.
In the second year the topics of mechanics and electricity are extended to cover oscillations, ac, oscilloscopes and capacitors. Thermal physics, radioactivity and extensive work on gravitational, electric and magnetic fields, including electromagnetic induction, will also form a substantial part of the course. You will continue to carry out experimental work and complete a further 6 assessed practicals. The course brings in some higher level mathematics (exponential functions, logarithms and graph work) but this is covered during the course.
The practical activities carried out throughout the course will contribute towards the Practical Endorsement. The skills, knowledge and understanding learned through both the practical and theoretical work will be assessed by three 2hour exams at the end of the 2 year course.
Possibility of some day visits.
GCSE Science (2 x Grade 6). 6 in Physics if taken separately. Grade 6 Maths.
Useful Supporting Courses
Valuable support for Mathematics and for other sciences and Computing.
Students have gone on to careers in / as:
Metallurgist, Radiation Protection Practitioner, Nuclear Engineer.