Whether you want to work to help cure medical problems, study the weather, explore extreme environments such as space, volcanoes or the deep sea, Physics will give you a grounding in the mechanics, fields, thermodynamics and space science that will set you up for further study in any of these areas.
Course Name: OCR Physics A
Topics covered: Content is split into six teaching modules:
- Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
- Module 2 – Foundations of physics
- Module 3 – Forces and motion
- Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons
- Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics
- Module 6 – Particles and medical physics
Component 01 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.
Component 02 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.
Component 03 assesses content from all modules (1 to 6).
Entry requirements for the course: Grade 7 in Physics, Combined Science 7/7 and Grade 7 in Mathematics
Careers this qualification can lead to: A physics degree is a great starting point for a career in scientific research, as well as in a range of careers in the business, finance, IT and engineering sectors.
Jobs directly related to physics include:
- Academic researcher
- Acoustic consultant
- Clinical scientist, medical physics
- Higher education lecturer
- Radiation protection practitioner
- Research scientist (physical sciences)
- Secondary school teacher
- Sound engineer
- Technical author
Jobs where physics would be useful include:
- Applications developer
- Clinical technologist
- Data analyst
- Nuclear engineer
- Operational researcher
- Patent attorney
Famous people who have studied the subject: Brian Cox (TV presenter), Angela Merkel (Former German Chancellor)