Physics qualifications will allow you to gain the tools and imagination needed to answer tomorrow’s questions.
Physics is a fascinating and stimulating area of study and demands creative thinking and is very important in helping us understand the world around us. Physics challenges our imaginations and has given us great discoveries, like computers and other technologies that change all of our lives.
One or two years.
Why study it and what skills does it develop?
Physics is the study of why and how things work. In physics, the structure and motion of the material world is analysed in terms of fundamental laws, which allow its behaviour to be predicted. In this course students will be exploring many areas of physics, from mechanics to telecommunications, and there will be many opportunities to do practical work.
An A level in Physics is a prerequisite for studying the subject at university level and for studying related subjects such as Engineering. It also prepares you for broader natural science courses. However, A level Physics is often chosen by many students who go on to study seemingly unrelated degrees, such as Finance or Economics. By studying it, you will develop the ability to understand abstract models and use them to solve problems in real life, skills that are highly regarded by many kinds of employers. You will develop the practical skills necessary to carry out experiments and how to analyse and evaluate the results. You will become able to write clearly and precisely using appropriate technical vocabulary.
What prior knowledge and skills are required?
An ideal physicist would need to be very inquisitive about the world and how it works, as well as having an enthusiasm for mathematics and the ability to understand and use precise technical terms. An interest in performing practical work will help you throughout the course, as would being able to understand and produce simplified diagrams of complex ideas.
You should have at least a B grade in both GCSE Physics and Mathematics. In addition to decent algebraic skills, you will also need good writing skills as you will have to explain and describe complex situations.
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Here at London Brookes College, we teach the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) specification. The syllabus is unique in content, allowing students to learn in-depth principles of Physics.
Our aim is; to train our young Physicists to not only excel in theory but also firmly grasp the practical elements. This ensures that their confidence is built in further higher education. We take pride in training the young minds of future Engineers and Physicists in classical and modern concepts of physics. The subject areas of Mechanics, Waves, Quantum physics, Electrical and Electronics are all thoroughly covered.
The practical sessions are specifically designed to transfer skills and build confidence in handling equipment safely to produce valid results. Experiments include mechanical systems working with the principles of moments and oscillations, electrical circuitry combined with capacitors, and the formation of stationary waves.
The past alumni of the college who are studying engineering at university are very forthcoming with praise for training on practical content at A level which helped them to do well in the University.
Medical imaging is the most popular topic among A level students who are ambitious to study Medicine and BioMedical Engineering at University. Under this topic of medical imagining students are privileged to discover the working principles of devices like Ultrasound scanners, MRI scanners, CT scanners, and X-ray machines.
Many of our students at London Brookes College, who are currently studying biomedical engineering courses at different Universities are a testament to how physics contributes to the development of the medical industry through the design of medical equipment and artificial organs.
To study Physics at London Brookes College, you will need to have a great passion for science and technology with background knowledge from GCSE. It is not necessary to study Mathematics at A level.
Cambridge IGCSE Physics
Cambridge IGCSE Physics helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. The syllabus includes the basic principles and concepts that are fundamental to the subject, some current applications of physics, and a strong emphasis on practical skills.
Learners also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for progression to Cambridge International AS & A Level, further education or a career related to science.
Cambridge International AS and A Level Physics
Cambridge International AS and A Level Physics builds on the skills acquired at Cambridge IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, some current applications of physics, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination.
The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of physics ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. Cambridge International AS and A Level Physics is ideal for learners who want to study physics or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science.