Physical Sciences Course | Varsity Education

Physical Sciences

An introduction to the sciences concerned with the study of non-living matter

The Physical Sciences is the systematic study of the inorganic world – the sphere beyond living plants and animals. Our programme primarily focuses on two central subjects; Chemistry and Physics, and the increasingly blurred line between the two fields.

Our Physical Sciences course provides students with a broad overview of an undergraduate level physics and chemistry programme. We cover essential mathematics, classical physics, some quantum mechanics, atomic structure and the foundations of organic chemistry.

Physics is found everywhere in the world on both the largest and smallest scale imaginable. We see the effects of physics every day in energy production, public health and global warming.

Our students look at mechanics of particles, special relativity and the complexities of electric and magnetic fields. Later in the programme our tutors lead students through some fundamental mechanics including Newtonian and quantum mechanics.

Topics may include:

  • Fundamentals of atomic structure
  • Shape, structure and reactivity in organic chemistry
  • Classical physics
  • Physical processes and molecular organisation
  • Mathematical methods in physics
  • Newtonian and quantum mechanics
  • Differential equations
  • Inorganic chemistry

Developments in chemistry have impacted our own health, the environment and even the wider economy. In our Chemistry classes, students learn how this diverse and constantly changing field shapes the world we live in. Students build on their existing knowledge of the periodic table to explore the fundamentals of atomic structure, as well as shape, structure and reactivity in organic chemistry.

Studying the Physical Sciences on our programme allows students to develop key transferable skills such as numeracy, problem solving and the ability to reason clearly. Students will also spend time in a university laboratory, conducting a number of experiments to develop their knowledge outside the classroom.

On completion of this programme students will have an increased understanding of higher level chemistry and physics helping them prepare for an application to a top university.