Physics

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Physics is an exciting and intellectually stimulating natural science. It is also the most basic and underpins other sciences and engineering. In our technological age Physicists are needed to understand and appreciate the complexities and subtleties of the physical world.

Developments at CERN in Switzerland involving experiments with the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the elusive Higg’s Boson, sometimes known as the ‘God particle’, have propelled our subject into the limelight and have given it much publicity. Our students, and the general public, are now more aware of the effects of Physics in every aspect of our lives. Physics is essential for engineering of any type, architecture, astronomy and meteorology. Recent past students have gone on to study Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Medicine, Economics, Architecture and Psychology. Careers can be found in academia, accountancy, industry, finance and business.

In Years 7 and 8, after first understanding the basic principles of measurement and graphing, students move on to study fundamental aspects of Physics including electricity, motion, the solar system, light, heat, sound and electromagnetism.

In Year 9 the Edexcel IGCSE course commences in the Spring Term with an in-depth study of forces and motion, which runs for the remainder of the year.

In Years 10 and 11 the IGCSE course is continued with teaching about electricity, magnetism, waves, energy, radioactivity and the properties of solids, liquids and gases. Testing is by terminal examination at the end of Year 11 and there is no coursework.

At A Level the OCR Physics A specification is followed. This syllabus develops the understanding of topics studied at IGCSE and also includes studies on particle physics and the nature of the universe. Controlled practical assessments are also completed and these marks count towards the final A level grade.

The Physics department is extremely well-resourced in terms of online and experimental equipment and practical work is a large element of courses for all years.