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How can things be in two places at once? Is time travel possible? What are the most fundamental building blocks of the Universe? How do everyday machines work?

The world is a bewilderingly complex place but, amazingly, it can be understood by using a small number of fundamental principles, particles and forces that govern their interactions. Physics is the study of these principles. You will find that Physics is truly all around you, on your iPod or mobile phone, in the stars you see at night and the sport that you watch on television. The skills that you can expect to develop are analytical, mathematical, practical, social and ethical, all of which are increasingly sought after and will make you an attractive proposition for both universities and employers. Physics trains you to understand and interpret scientific information, to process data and solve problems. It develops your practical skills and encourages imagination and also common sense. You learn to analyse, to build mental pictures, to propose theories and to be critical.

To a large extent, the A-level Physics course begins by covering much the same subject matter as most GCSE courses, but the treatment is deeper, more rigorous and challenging. We study the equations of motion, properties of materials, electricity and circuits and then move onto study the very bizarre nature of the quantum world and the photoelectric effect. In the Upper 6th, the content broadens considerably and we study a number of topics that are at the cutting edge of Physics research. We will study the quark model of matter, follow the most recent findings of the research at The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) and discover some of the secrets of the formation of the universe.

Physics is a challenging and interesting subject which will help you to understand the world and universe around you. A-level Physics is also an important qualification for many careers. As well as Physics itself, these include Engineering, Electronics and Meteorology.