Physics is a fundamental science which investigates topics ranging from the vastness of the universe down to the components which make up particles such as protons. Physics covers the most theoretical and esoteric concepts such as string theory, and also is the basis behind engineering. Imagine a hospital without Physics!
GCSE Physics covers the core of material from the dual science GCSEs together with extra topics. Students currently take AQA.
Topics in Year 10 include: energy, waves and communication. Year 11 cover electricity, motion and radioactivity. Additional topics are also taken for separate subject Physics. They include medical applications, nuclear physics and kinematics.
Physics A Level
We usually have two classes in each year, with a girl : boy ratio of about 2:1. The topics are shared between two teachers.
Students are carefully supported to ensure they achieve their potential.
Studying Physics will allow students to explore the workings of the universe from things as small as quarks to massive objects such as black holes. They will learn about the many aspects of modern life (for example medical treatments, communications, protecting the environment) which are based on Physics.
Trips and visits are valued as they help students see the real-life applications of Physics.
Physics is essential for a wide range of higher education courses and careers, including engineering, computer science, and architecture.
Physics will support degrees in Maths, Medical Sciences, Economics and Geography; in fact most subjects find the application of Maths and problem solving to be very useful.
In the current difficult economic times, a background in Physics is likely to be even more highly valued.
Under new rules A Levels are now two year courses, with students sitting all their exams at the end of Year 13.