This course is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of the concepts of Physics and its many applications in modern society. It provides the opportunity to develop skills necessary to find solutions to scientific problems, such as experimenting, investigating and analysing, and gives a deeper insight into the structure of the subject. The course makes a valuable contribution to your general education and provides a sound basis for further study.

The skills you learn on this course are valuable for careers in medicine, energy, engineering, material development, the environment and sustainability.

From the sources of the energy we use to the exploration of space, advances in Physics mean that our view of what is possible is continually progressing. You will have the opportunity to design and carry out experiments and investigations to help you understand the role of Physics in scientific issues and in our lives.

The course has three compulsory units, plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills.

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Candidates gain an understanding of physics and develop this through a variety of approaches, including practical activities, investigations and problem solving. Candidates research topics, apply scientific skills and communicate information related to their findings, which develops skills of scientific literacy.

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In this course pupils learn about both conventional and renewable methods of generating energy and develop their practical skills by building small-scale energy generation systems. Pupils also take part in a number of activities aimed at enhancing their creativity and employability skills.

The purpose of the Course is to develop learners’ curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for physics in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed throughout the Course. The relevance of physics is highlighted by the study of the applications of physics in everyday contexts. This will enable learners to become scientifically literate citizens, able to review the science-based claims they will meet.

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In a process of investigation, experimentation and analysis, pupils will extend their knowledge and understanding of Physics to include rotational motion and how this underpins theories of the universe. They will also learn about quantum theory and its application to the understanding of particles and light waves and will discover how theories of electromagnetism are applied in the development of electrical and electronic devices and medical imaging.