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Physics

A level

Physics affects every part of our daily lives, from civil, mechanical, motor and aeronautical engineering, to how we have harnessed both nuclear energy to heat and light our environment, and waves to communicate. In this exciting and challenging subject, you will examine the origins and structure of the universe, from subatomic particles to the vast areas of the cosmos.

We place a strong emphasis on developing your practical skills; you will become familiar with SI units and standard prefixes used throughout Physics, and learn the scientific skills of planning, implementing, analysing and evaluating through practical work completed in our Physics laboratory. You will assess errors and the accuracy of your experimental results and make a decision on the validity of your results and the conclusions which you have made.

You will have the opportunity to meet and be mentored by STEM professionals while participating in Project days, Engineering Education Scheme projects, lectures and master classes at the University of Cambridge Cavendish Laboratories.

Our excellent location on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus means you are in prime position to visit internationally renowned and highly-relevant local STEM companies and research institutions; our Physics students have recently visited the Sanger Institute, TWI, TTP, Amazon, University of Cambridge Engineering Department and the Kalvii Institute of Cosmology.

Course Content

Physics is an exciting and challenging subject which examines both the origins and the structure of the universe, from subatomic particles to the vast areas of the cosmos. Physics affects every part of our daily lives, from civil, mechanical and motor engineering, to how we have harnessed both nuclear energy to heat and light our environment, and waves to communicate.

Year 1

You will study the ideas behind why things move the way they do and the way that materials behave when forces act on them. You will study ideas relating to electricity, waves and quantum physics. You will carry out practical work to test theories and study the results of experiments to explain the behaviour of waves.

 

Year 2

You will be able to show how gravitational fields change as you move further away from planets and will study how gravity determines the changes in the universe and be able to explain the origins and fate of the universe. The world of medicine is used to show how application of physics principles is integral to medical scanners. You will know how Einstein’s theory can be used to predict the output of energy from fusion and fission reactions.


Assessment

  • 100% Exam
  • Exam Board: OCR

Special Features

Visits include to the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, to STEM events at Duxford, Engineering Education Scheme projects and a day at the Kalvii Institute of Cosmology in Cambridge.

TWI have visited us to teach a specialised Physics class. Students are encouraged to join the Nuffield Bursary scheme to enable them to experience work in a scientific organisation, and to take part in the Headstart Programme.

Med Squad

The Long Road Science department has designed our unique Med Squad programme to support students aspiring to study medicine. Joining our bespoke Med Squad programme means our Science department will work with you from the very moment you start studying at Long Road to support you in preparing for medical school applications.

Our Med Squad team will meet with you twice a term to help you organise work experience using our strong links with Addenbrookes Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. You will also take part in workshops run by University of Cambridge medical students who will guide you in looking at university open days, preparing for the UCAT / BMAT entry assessment tests and working on your UCAS personal statement.

You will meet with current medical students who will mentor you in preparing for medical school interviews and take part in a practice interview session with our Senior Management Team, based on the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) model popular with the majority of UK medical schools.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE English.
  • Grade 6 in higher tier GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 6,6, in higher tier GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science.
  • Grade 6 in at least two GCSE Sciences, including Physics, if studied separately.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

Many of our students go on to take physics related degrees including motor sport engineering, computer games technology, biomedical sciences, architecture and of course all branches of engineering, for which physics is essential.

Some of our students have successfully entered Higher Apprenticeships with companies.

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