Studying physics enables you to look at hidden laws that explain why all matter and energy in the known universe exists, where it comes from and how it behaves the way it does.
Physics will help you to build up your problem solving, research, and analytical skills. With these skills you’ll be able to test out new ideas plus question and investigate other people’s theories, which is useful for any kind of job that involves research or debate.
Physics will support your study of other science and tech subjects, including chemistry, biology, engineering, geography and computer science.
Physics is especially closely linked to maths, so studying the two together can improve your skills in both. It is also regarded as a 'facilitating subject'.
With physics you can go into many careers including lots of non physics careers such as management or finance. However, relevant careers include anything to do with building or developing new technology including architecture, engineering, astronomy, space exploration, games development and modelling the climate!
Selection of jobs using the subject Physics
- Acoustics consultant
- Aerospace engineer
- Agricultural engineer
- Broadcast engineer
- Building services engineer
- Chemical engineer
- Civil engineer
- Design and development engineer
- Electronics engineer
- Energy engineer
- IT service engineer
- Nuclear engineer
- Oil and gas operations manager
Do a free, short, online course to find out more about physics (looks great on your CV too!)
- The discovery of the Higgs Boson
- How to survive on Mars: the science behind the human exploration of Mars
- Thermodynamics in energy engineering
Or view other free online courses in physics
Examples of apprenticeships that relate to physics:
- Engineering Technician - Level:3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E). Typical length:42 months
- Food and Drink Advanced Engineer - Level 6 (equivalent to a bachelor's degree). Typical length: 60 months
- Building Services Engineering Service & Maintenance - Level:3 (equivalent to A levels grades A to E). Typical length:48 months
- Manufacturing engineer - Level:6 (equivalent to a bachelor's degree). Typical length:60 months
- Aerospace engineer - Level:6 (equivalent to a bachelor's degree). Typical length:48 months
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Examples of degree courses that relate to physics:
BBC Bitesize Career Videos
You can watch a great series of videos of young people who are working in jobs that use science on the BBC Bitesize website.