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Physics A Level at South Wiltshire UTC

Course description

Physics is the natural science of matter and energy, examining the fundamental forces in our world such as heat, light, radiation, sound, electricity and magnetism.

These forces can be studied at scales ranging from the behaviour of cosmic bodies to atomic structures and nanoparticles.

The object is to understand the origins and dynamics of the universe and how it behaves and there are many links to aspects of Chemistry and Mathematics.

Different branches of Physics deal with different combinations mass and motion, for example classical and quantum mechanics.

While many areas of Physics are still best explained by centuries old laws, modern developments are the subject of intense research, for example:
- the origins of the Universe;
- superconductors;
- chaos theory; and
- nanotechnology .

Entry requirements

You will need to have done well in Physics at GCSE (normally an A* or A) or to have performed very strongly in Physics elements of Combined Science. We’d normally expect you to have at least an A in GCSE Maths to make sure you will be able to handle the complex mathematical modelling within Physics A Level.


There are end of course exams, which are written tests of your ability to carry out calculations and solve problems using theory. This will normally take the form of a combination of mathematical calculations, multiple responses and extended and structured explanations (including demonstration of your understanding of practical work).

Future opportunities

Physics A Level is highly valued by universities and employers, partly because of its content and partly because students who do well at Physics have shown their ability to cope with complex subject matter. Careers for which Physics is particularly useful include Engineering, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Computing, Medicine, Oceanography, Research and Transport.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wiltshire UTC directly.

Last updated date: 28 July 2015
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