Studying physics is a great choice if you are interested in exploring the nature of the physical world. This course emphasizes the context and applications of physics, letting you see how physics can improve people’s lives and how it is used in engineering and technology in the modern world.

Duration: 2 years
Starting date: September 2018
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form


What will you do?

You will study how biomechanics relates to sports science, about solar cells on spacecraft, about particle physics and electromagnetism. You will explore aspects of fluid flow and viscosity and about the formation of stars and the expanding Universe and much more!


How will you learn?

The course is delivered through a variety of student experiments, demonstrations and theory sessions. There will be thorough and detailed exam preparation throughout the whole of the 2 year course. Students will be expected to complete a range of homework assignments.


How are you assessed?

There will be 3 (Edexcel) exams at the end of the course (2 x 1 hour 45 minutes; 1 x 2 hour 30 minutes). Students will also carry out a series of Core Practicals, which will lead to the new Practical Endorsement.


You need:

GCSE Physics higher level at grade 6/B or above, or GCSE Additional Science higher level grade 6/B or above.

GCSE Maths grade 6/B or above.

GCSE English Language grade 6/B or above.


What do you need to know?

Physics is a challenging, but rewarding subject, which develops many transferable skills. Maths skills are of course very important in Physics. You will develop your maths skills, your analytical skills and your problem solving abilities.


What’s next?

You could build on your knowledge by studying Physics or Engineering at university or you could choose to specialise in in a particular field. You could be a geophysicist or a meteorologist for example.


How do I apply/enrol?


3 Reasons to join us

  1.  Physics at Bede is taught by an outstanding physics teacher who has garnered two national awards for the quality of his physics teaching
  2. Many of our physics students go on to read physics or engineering at university. There is an increasing demand for physics and engineering graduates.
  3. Physics opens the way to an enormous variety of career choices. Physics graduates are among the best earners of all graduates (Price Waterhouse report 2005)


Destinations and Progress:

Some recent students are reading: Physics with Astrophysics at Hull, Theoretical Physics at Durham, Theoretical Physics at Oxford, Engineering at Leeds, Engineering at Durham, Mechanical Engineering at Teesside, Aerospace Engineering at Teesside.


Possible combination subjects:

Physics and Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology, Medical Physics, Computational Physics, Engineering Physics, Chemical Physics. Many universities (e.g. Keele) allow you to study physics with a completely different subject. Some universities offer courses with a period of work in industry; others offer degree courses that involve a year abroad.


What students say:

Physics is difficult at times, but fun.

Bernard is a brilliant teacher – very enthusiastic.

This is good physics.


Extra-curricular activities:

We encourage students to read further including ‘Physics Review’ and popular books such as Warped Passages by Lisa Randall, In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat byJohn Gribbin and The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene. We have close contacts with Durham University and Teesside University and attend lectures and other events at both institutions.