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OCR H556

Course overview

The study of physics is concerned with what the universe is made of, how these things move and interact with each other. Physicists are constantly striving to find the most fundamental ideas that can be used to describe the most complex of phenomena.

Developing a physics theory in the first place is just as much a creative process as composing music. Experimental physicists have to be enormously creative in coming up with methods of testing theories and measuring things in the world around them.

You will gain a new appreciation of the world around you. You can look at a rainbow and say "Wow, pretty colours!", or you can marvel at the amazing interactions between photons and electrons that come together in that particular way when light from the sun strikes spherical water droplets in the sky, which you perceive as a multi-coloured arc suspended in the air. 

Course content

  • Development of practical skills in physics
  • Foundations of physics
  • Forces and motion
  • Electrons, waves and photons
  • Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Particles and medical physics


Physicists are in demand. You can go on to study a wide range of courses such as engineering, materials, space physics, geology, medicine etc. The skills you develop even make physicists desirable for careers in finance and banking too.