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Physics
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
Carl Sagan

Physics has the reputation of being a difficult subject to master, but like many challenging things in life, leads to many satisfying rewards.

Physics A Level is a very highly regarded course giving access to a wide range of further education courses and employment. It is a fascinating subject whereby students study a diverse range of theories and developing ideas.During the course students study the key areas of modern physics, and the units are designed to foster an interest in how the subject is applicable in a wide range of situations. Practical work is an important element of the course, and students develop key skills vital to a thorough understanding of how evidence is used to support or undermine new ideas in science.

Course Requirements

Students opting for any science subject at A Level must have a strong background in (I)GCSE Sciences. Grades BB or above in Double Award Science or a B in Physics is required for further study, although students with lower grades will be considered on an individual basis.

Whilst mathematical study at a higher level is now not essential for AS and A Level Physics, the Physics course is very likely to make quite heavy demands on a students' mathematical capacity and so the study and use of mathematics is desirable.

Opportunities

Physicists are problem solvers. Their analytical skills make physicists versatile and adaptable so they work in interesting places. Physics brings a broad perspective to many problems. Because they learn how to consider any problem they are not bound by context. This inventive thinking makes physicists desirable in any field in industrial and government labs, engineering, on college campuses, and in the astronaut corps.  In addition, many physics graduates work at newspapers, magazines, architecture and even in finance places where an ability to think analytically is a great asset.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
Carl Sagan
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