Physics at Varndean College


What is Physics? Basically, Physics tries to explain how the universe works as simply as possible, but no simpler. From Quarks to Quasars, Physics is all about understanding and predicting nature. Together we will look at how our world (and beyond) behaves and try to make sense of it. You will enjoy Physics if you want to find out about life, the universe and everything; develop models to explain how the world we live in works; sharpen your problem-solving skills and see how physics is used all around us. You will discover that our ideas of how things work have changed over the centuries; scientists are not always 'right'. A theory only lasts until an experiment proves it wrong! Then we need a new one.

The course places great emphasis on the practical uses of the subject and is divided into 'themes'. You still study all the Physics you would expect, it is just packaged differently and, we think, in a more exciting and enjoyable way. By the end you will see why Physics is so important to our world!

YEAR 1
  • Atomic and Quantum Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Physics in Music
  • Physics in Satellites
  • Physics in Sports Science
  • Physics in Orthopaedics
YEAR 2
  • Astronomy & Telescopes
  • Astrophysics & the Solar System
  • Cosmology
  • Structural Engineering & Earthquake-proof Design
  • Physics in Transport Systems
  • Practical work is assessed throughout the course and at the end you will get a 'Practical Endorsement' alongside your A Level.

I have chosen Physics as it opens up a lot of possible career paths in which to study. I have enjoyed undertaking practicals to help prove how the universe works.

Luke Weller ex Varndean School

Course Essentials

COURSES AVAILABLE
A Level
STANDARD ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
PLUS
Grade 6 in GCSE Physics and another Science GCSE
OR
2 x Grade 6 in GCSE Combined Science
PLUS
Grade 6 in GCSE Maths
Students may also need to attend additional Maths support class, as required.
CAREER PATHWAYS
Many students go on to degree courses in Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Engineering, Research, Financial Management, Law, Medicine and numerous other fields. Physics is an in-demand subject in the UK and, indeed, worldwide.
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
Analysis; problem-solving; communication; modelling; research; mathematics; evidence-based decision-making.
OTHER INFORMATION
A level students choosing NOT to study Maths will need to enrol for the essential Maths support course to cover the knowledge and skills needed beyond GCSE. You should be aware, though, that not studying Maths beyond GCSE will prevent you from applying to most Physics and Engineering degrees.
ENQUIRIES TO
Jason Wye: jdw@varndean.ac.uk