Physics is the study of the most fundamental ideas about how the universe functions; all of science rests on this bedrock and Physics is what underpins the technology that drives our modern world.
Any further study or career in science, medicine, technology, engineering or computer science gains from studying physics at A level. Studying physics is about attempting to explain the universe in terms of simple models. A good model explains more than one phenomenon; for example, a wave model can help us to understand sea water, traffic jams, earthquakes, and quite a lot about light. At NatMatSci we study models describing the world through experiment, theory, and via computer modelling.
At the end of the A level course, our students sit the EDUQAS A level Physics examinations, however, we aim to provide them with more than the minimum required for these examinations. Topics which are available as additional extras or extension work in many schools are included as part of our normal teaching. The Physics department works in close collaboration with our colleagues in the Maths department since the skills which students gain through A level Mathematics are invaluable to their work in Physics.