Why study A-level Physics?

With an ongoing shortage of people to fill STEM roles, pursuing subjects such as Physics can lead to excellent employment prospects after university. Even if you don't go on to become a physicist, learning to think like one will equip you with excellent problem-solving skills in particular.

Physicists look for the hidden laws as to why all matter and energy exists, where it comes from and its behaviour. These laws can then be used to develop new materials and technologies to improve our lives and explore further into everything from the tiniest particles to stars and the universe.

If you are interested in the limits of space, the beginning of time and everything in between this is the subject for you.

Physics is one of the Russell Group universities' 'facilitating' subjects — so called because choosing them at A-level allows a wide range of options for degree study.

What will you study during Physics A-level?

Specific content covered within A-level Physics may vary from school to school, and depending on the exam board followed. Within the AQA specification however, topics covered include measurements and their errors, particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and materials, electricity, thermal physics, fields and their consequences, nuclear physics, astrophysics, medical physics and engineering physics.

What skills will you get from studying Physics?

Physics trains your brain to think beyond boundaries. The subject combines practical skills with theoretical ideas. Analytical, mathematical and problem - solving skills become highly developed through Physics A-level.

What careers can studying Physics lead to?

Physics A Level and degree courses not only provide you with excellent career opportunities in the Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Cosmology, Computing industry and Geology, but also in a host of other disciplines such as Management, Law, Banking and Finance.

Top 20 universities for Physics and Astronomy

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

1 University of St Andrews
2 University of Cambridge
3 University of Oxford
4 Durham University
5 University of Nottingham
6 University of Warwick
7 Lancaster University
8 University of Birmingham
9 University of Leeds
10 University of Southampton
11 University of Manchester
12 University of Bath
13 = Heriot-Watt University
13 = University of Glasgow
15 University of Surrey
16 University of Edinburgh
17 University of Bristol
18 = Swansea University
18 = University of Exeter
20 University College London


Below are real-life examples of what university degrees studying A-level Physics, in combination with other subjects, can lead to.

Physics/ Economics/ Maths University of Warwick Engineering Management
Physics/ Economics/ Maths University of Oxford
Physics/ Art/ Maths Newcastle University Architecture
Physics/ Art/ Maths University of Edinburgh
Physics/ Maths/ Further Maths Aston University Computer Science
Physics/ Chemistry/ Maths University of Birmingham Chemistry
Physics/ Economics/ Maths/ Further Maths UCL Physics
Physics/ Economics/ Maths Imperial College London Civil Engineering
Physics/ Economics/ Maths University of Bristol Mechanical Engineering
Physics/ Maths/ Chinese University of Manchester


Find out more about A-level Physics and its syllabus in the dedicated factsheet

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