Why study A Level Physics?

Looking forward to the next stage of your studies but are worried what subjects you should choose? We’re here to show you how an A Level in Physics can open up access to a whole universe of opportunity.

Whether you have ambitions to be an astronaut, study medicine or simply earn big money, choosing Physics as one of your A Level subjects can take you where you want to go. Want to know more? Read on to find out why you should study A Level Physics.

Girl wearning goggles assembling electronics circuit at science center: why study a level physics?Fly high with Physics

Some of the most successful high flyers started off with an A Level in Physics. It’s a qualification that can lead you to some pretty diverse and surprising places! As a building block towards degrees in medicine, engineering and other STEM subjects, it’s your passport to an exciting future – and what’s more, you’ll be rewarded handsomely when you get there.

Check out our infographic to see how studying Physics at A Level will instantly give you 15% more earning power. You’ll see that using your A Level qualification to do a STEM subject at university will bag you even better salary potential – earning as much as £250,000 more than your non-STEM contemporaries over the course of your career.

Make a difference

Modern physicists have been responsible for some of the greatest achievements of our era. Just think – without our understanding of atomic theory there would be no computers, no internet, no smartphones. The digital age as we know it would not exist. Without quantum mechanics there would be no lasers or satellite navigation. Who knows where future scientific discoveries and inventions will take us?

If you’re up for shaping tomorrow’s world, an A Level in Physics could take you to the frontline of the latest emerging technology. Whether you are working in a field directly related to physics like nuclear physics or astronomy, or one that simply uses the skills you’ve gained, your Physics A Level can really help you to make a difference.

Explaining the universe

  • Students grouped around a science experiment: why study a level physics?If anyone asks you why you’re studying A Level Physics, tell them you’re setting out to understand and explain the entire universe! That’s what physics as a subject is all about.
  • It’s a pretty ambitious task, but one that physicists everywhere are constantly striving to achieve, from the smallest particles in existence to the great expanse of space.
  • What you learn in your Physics A Level could help you utilise the laws of physics to create pioneering new inventions, or maybe even make new discoveries that help us to see the world in a new and exciting light.

A woman’s world

01_Homepage-Slider_2Physics is a boys’ subject, right? Wrong! Many female students avoid STEM subjects like Physics, perceiving them as traditionally male areas. That urgently needs to change. With girls actually outperforming boys in sciences at GSCE level but choosing not to take their studies further (only 33% of science A Level candidates are female), the UK is facing a serious skills shortage – and it’s one that you can help to fill.

So, if you love science and are excited to enter the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, don’t let anything put you off. As a bonus, women using science in jobs typically earn 33% more than average.

Facilitate further study

Along with other STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), Physics is known by universities as a ‘facilitating subject’. That means that your Physics A Level will complement other subject areas such as Chemistry and Biology, giving you a better overall understanding and providing a qualification that lets you study STEM subjects further at degree level.

Of course, you don’t need to go to uni after completing your A Levels. Your Physics pass could pave the way for a science apprenticeship or a vocational qualification like an HND or BTEC. Or your post-A Level career path could simply take you straight into the world of work. But if you’re still undecided about your next steps, studying Physics at this stage will let you keep your options open.

Here are just a few of the degree courses where an A Level in Physics will help:

  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Architecture
  • Computer Science

If you want to carry on your study of physics but don’t want to give up another subject, you could also choose to combine it with another course for a joint honours degree.

Diverse careers

Maths and physics infographic: why study a level physics?And with your Physics A Level under your belt, you could aim for one of these diverse careers using physics:

  • Games designer
  • Coding
  • Architect
  • Healthcare
  • Hardware technician
  • Forensic scientist
  • Meteorologist
  • And many more!

Why study A Level Physics? It could be for the income, the future prospects or the sheer intellectual stimulation. Whatever your reasons, physics matters. You can contact a member of the Your Life team for more information.