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The experts at The Profs look briefly at A Level Physics entry requirements, the syllabus and onward study options

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Why study A Level Physics?

If you’re fascinated by the physical world and the rules that govern it, then an A level in Physics could be for you. You may dream of working in a scientific role, becoming a doctor, or simply learning more about our universe. A Level Physics will give you a good grounding in the most up to date theories as to how the universe works at every scale, from planets to electrons.

You’ll learn about core universal phenomena and study all the key theories that seek to explain them. You will then apply your learning in hands-on lab work.

During the course of your studies, you’ll develop practical lab skills, giving you a firm grasp of the basics. You’ll learn to think differently, beyond the realm of everyday experience. You will cover historical theories and recent developments.

The course combines the exploration of all the central concepts of Physics and the practical skills and experience needed to apply them in the real world. You will have many opportunities to use lab equipment, improving the accuracy of your results as you grow in competence.

You will cover a wide range of fascinating topics such as

  • forces
  • waves and optics
  • momentum
  • gases and thermal physics
  • gravitational and electric fields
  • Newton’s laws of motion
  • capacitors
  • energy and materials
  • radioactivity
  • nuclear energy
  • quantum phenomena and particle physics

A Level Physics is a challenging but rewarding subject which will take your conceptual thinking to the next level.

What skills do I need for A level Physics?

A good grade in GCSE Physics or Double Science is essential for anyone considering A Level Physics. There is a strong mathematical element to the course, so if this is a subject that you have enjoyed at GCSE and for which you have achieved a good result, you’ll cope well with the maths required in A Level Physics. You will need a good understanding of algebra in studying for A Level Physics.

Success in English at GCSE will stand you in good stead, as you will need to demonstrate good communication skills by writing scientifically detailed papers.

How is the work assessed for A Level Physics?

You are likely to be assessed with a combination of theory-based exams and practical skills assessments. These skill assessments involve performing timed experiments. Theory papers will cover the range of topics studied, or involve answering questions about specific data.

Where does A Level Physics lead?

A good result in A Level Physics will open the door to many options for further study. It is common to combine A Level Physics with Chemistry, Biology or Maths. Depending on the combination of A Levels you choose to study, you could go on to study for a theoretical or applied Physics degree at university, or use your A Level in Physics to support your choice of a degree in Engineering, Electronics, Astronomy, Medicine, or Maths.

The mathematical and analytical skills you will develop and demonstrate by earning an A Level in Physics will be very valuable to future employers. You may wish to work in cutting edge scientific research, medicine, engineering, finance, or many other fields. A Level Physics is a highly-respected qualification that can provide a sound basis for a wide variety of career paths, from Astronomy to Zoology.

If Physics is something that you’d like to study at A Level, but you lack confidence, or could do with some help and support, The Profs are here to help. We can provide you with mentored support from a specialist in Physics, who will help you to achieve your goals.

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