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Should I Study A-Level Physics?

22nd September 20

Physics uses theory and experiments to understand the makeup of ourselves, the world around us, and beyond. It defines the motion, forces and energy of everyday experiences, and is at play everywhere. Walking, driving your car or using GPS on your phone all incorporate the laws of physics.

Physicists are not bound by context. They think outside the box to come to innovative solutions that may not previously have been considered. They constantly challenge our way of thinking with new concepts and ideas, which are crucial to our development and evolution. Their ever-assessing, problem-solving minds lead to the creation of life-changing inventions that improve the way we live.

The study of Physics helps us to understand other disciplines, like the earth, agricultural, chemical, biological, and environmental sciences. As well as astrophysics and cosmology. Those qualified in physics are therefore incredibly valuable to society.  

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Where Could Studying A-Level Physics Take Me?

There are generally two types of physicist:

  • Experimental physicists – those who observe physical phenomena and analyse experiments.
  • Theoretical physicists – those who use mathematical modelling of physical systems to rationalise, explain and predict the outcome.

By studying the subject, you will gain a thorough understanding of the many topics used in both disciplines.

With mathematics being the language of physics, you will have the opportunity to significantly build on your existing skills. This is highly desirable to employers and applicable in many fields such as financial services, astronomy and data analysis.

As the nature of Physics is problem solving, you will be able to apply this skill throughout your personal and professional life. Analytical skills being highly regarded in a wide range of industries.

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The many other transferrable skills you will possess range from:

  • Programming
  • Communication skills such as public speaking
  • Writing reports, policy documents, white papers etc.
  • Organisation, planning and teamwork

If you wish to take your education further, our A-level course will prepare you to enter university. Upon achieving your A-level, there are many degree options you could explore such as:

  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Civil Engineering
  • Economics
  • And of course, Physics

What Career Opportunities Could an A-Level in Physics Lead to?

The knowledge and skills gained through studying physics mean that graduates of the subject are extremely employable. Your broad perspective and wide-ranging abilities will open a number of career opportunities. You could apply for roles in sectors from law to finance, medicine, consultancy, research and teaching.

Roles could include but are not limited to:

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Biophysicist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Geophysicist
  • Meteorologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Physics Teacher
  • Research Scientist
  • Satellite Missions Analyst
  • Software Engineer

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How Long Does the Course Take to Complete?

The course can be studied over two years, though you can complete it sooner if you wish. Most of our students are ready to undertake their exams after 9 months. Meaning that if you want to power through and become qualified within a year, you can.

We appreciate that life isn’t always straightforward or consistent. That’s why our courses are flexible so you can focus on your studies when it suits you.

The subjects that are included in the online A-level Physics course are:

  • Measurements and their errors – The use of SI units and their prefixes, the limitation of physical measurements and the estimation of physical quantities.
  • Particles and radiation - The radiation of energy by means of fast-moving subatomic particles.
  • Waves - The transport of energy without the transport of matter.
  • Mechanics and energy - The energy amassed by an object due to its motion or position.
  • Electricity – The energy that results from the flow of charged particles.
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics – The study of circular and simple harmonic motion, plus the thermal properties of materials.
  • Fields - The region in which points are affected by a force.
  • Nuclear physics – Study of the structure of the atomic nucleus and the radiation from unstable nuclei.

There are also five optional topics, to allow you to focus on your area of interest. These are:

  • Astrophysics – Applying the laws of physics to explain the birth, life and death of stars, planets, galaxies and nebulae among other objects in the universe.
  • Medical physics – Studying the application of physics within healthcare, such as patient imaging, measurement and treatment.
  • Turning points in physics – Understanding the relationship between assumptions, theories, and experimental discoveries in physics.
  • Applied physics - The use of theoretical knowledge of the properties of physical bodies to problem solve.
  • Electronics - The application of electromagnetic and quantum theory to build useful devices.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Following each unit, there will be a Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA). These will be completed online then submitted to your tutor. Once received, they will assess your assignment and return it to you with feedback. After you pass all your assignments, you can move onto the next stage and sit your exams. Exam sittings are held once per year in May or June.

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Why Should I Choose to Study Physics Online?

Anyone Can Learn from Anywhere They Choose

Simply put, it opens the opportunity for all. If you work full-time, have a busy family life or can only study in infrequent intervals, you can. There are no classrooms to visit or timetables to stick to. You can study whenever and wherever you choose.

If you are fresh out of school, looking to change career or take your hobby further, that’s fine too!

Get the Experience Universities and Employers Want

This course has been created in collaboration with over a thousand teachers. This ensures it is both relevant to real world experiences and interesting for you to learn. Universities were also consulted to shape the course so that it provides pupils with the skills they desire.

Receive Support Throughout

A qualified tutor will be on hand to support you throughout the course. You will receive helpful feedback on your assignments, plus advice and guidance along the way if you require it. Should you have any questions, you can contact your tutor directly through our online portal. 

No Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course. Though as it furthers the skills you gain in GCSE Science, Maths and English Language, good grades in these subjects would be advantageous.  

Online Portal

A central area where all the learning materials you need to complete your course are stored. Contact your tutor, store and complete your work in a safe and secure space. Our online portal is available for you to use as soon as you enrol.

Flexible Payment Options

There are a number of ways you can pay for your online course. Taking the next step with your education shouldn’t be deterred by the cost. We’ll help you reach your goals in a way that is affordable for you.


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How Do I Enrol?

If theories and the wonders of the world are your thing, then studying physics could lead you into a fascinating career.

If you’re ready to take your passion to the next level, we can help you do the rest. Our team can walk you through the process and answer any questions you have. Click below to learn more about our A-Level Physics course and enrol today.

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