AQA 1451; 2451
Why study Physics?

Physics probes at the very heart of matter, from a tiny atom to the huge universe. As such it encompasses everything in the world of a physical nature. You will learn just what Einstein’s equation E=mc2 really means, how you can save a nuclear power station from disaster, balance enormous forces in order to put a satellite into orbit and discover why time travel is likely to remain the domain of science fiction perhaps forever.
The study of physics will provide you with a vehicle to extend your mind and develop your imagination, as you explore a myriad of particles, with exotic names like quarks, mesons and pions. You will be introduced to some of the more esoteric concepts of quantum mechanics, such as Strangeness and Charm. The everyday definitions of these terms bare little or no relationship to their usage in physics. They are perhaps a vain attempt by physicists to show that they have a genuine sense of humour.
Although conceptually demanding, physics can be very rewarding as one discovers the secrets of the universe from the Big Bang to the Big Chill. Einstein’s Special Relativity is but one of the special tools employed. 
It will equip you with a number of highly prized, transferable skills alongside a deeper understanding of the way the world works. Skills such as numeracy, problem solving, practical skills, logical thinking, analysis of complex situations and methodical approaches will be priceless in your future, be that an academic future or in the workplace. 

In science there is only physics; all the rest is stamp collecting.”  Ernest Rutherford

Course Requirements

5 A*-C GCSE passes including the minimum of a B in Mathematics and a B in Science

Course Outline
    These modules form part of the course requirements (AS level = 2 examined modules; A2 = a further 2 examined) 

    The Role of AS/A2 Level Mathematics 

    It is recommended as a minimum that you successfully complete the AS course and preferably continue on to A2. This will provide the requisite mathematical skills to access the more quantitative aspects of the course. 

    AS Level
    Kinetic Theory
    Current Electricity
    Photoelectric Effect
    Particle Physics

    A2 Level
    Covering Fields
    Nuclear Applications
    Turning Points in Physics: a selection of watersheds and their historical significance

    How the Course is Assessed
      • Examinations in June
      • Practical skills assessment by course tutors
      • A final A2 synoptic examination paper ( 2 hours)
      Links to Careers
        Include:  Research, Education, Engineering, Geo- science, Technology, IT and Finance.

        Links to University

        Many HEls offer (or require) Physics in one form or another for BScs, MScs, BEngs, MEngs.

        Syllabus: AS/A2 Physics
        Examination Board: AQA 1451; 2451
        More Information:    Ms. F. Khair