Studying physics is a great choice if you are interested in exploring the nature of the physical world. This course emphasises 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: Two years
Starting date: September 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form

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.

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 two year course. Students will be expected to complete a range of homework assignments.

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 carry out a series of core practicals, leading to the new Practical Endorsement.

To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English, and a grade B/6 in both GCSE Maths and GCSE Science. (Additional Science is accepted, whilst Applied Science is not accepted).

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.

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

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, and Aerospace Engineering at Teesside.

Many universities also allow you to study physics with a completely different subject, and some universities offer courses with a period of work in industry; others offer degree courses that involve a year abroad.

  • Many of our physics students go on to read physics or engineering at university. There is an increasing demand for physics and engineering graduates.
  • Physics opens the way to an enormous variety of career choices. Physics graduates are amongst the best earners of all graduates (Price Waterhouse report 2005).

“Physics is difficult at times, but fun.”

“Bernard is a brilliant teacher – very enthusiastic.”