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Physics

Physics allows students to explore the world around them, applying logic and understanding to everyday situations and exciting phenomenon. Topics include: Space, Mechanics, Electricity, Nuclear and Thermal Physics.

The course follows a spiral curriculum; always revisiting and building upon prior knowledge. In Key Stage 3 the main concepts are introduced and students start to develop the skills needed to be a scientist. In Key Stage 4 the concepts are covered in more depth, with more challenging theories and questions.

In the sixth form, Physics is offered at both A Level and IB. Physics is a prestigious subject, regarded very highly by both universities and employers. A student that achieves at this level shows motivation, commitment and great aptitude.

Course Offerings

Course Title Qualifications Obtainable Awarding Body
Key Stage 4 Courses
GCSE AQA
Key Stage 5 Courses
A Level OCR B (Salters)
IB Higher Level IB
Year 9
Curriculum Content: In year 9 we follow the AQA specification which comprises of two written papers of equal weighting. Students are separated into either the combined science or separate science pathway at the end of year 9.

Content covered:

Chapter 6: Waves

Chapter 4: Atomic structure

Chapter 2: Electricity

Year 10
Curriculum Content: Students studying separate sciences will study:

Chapter 1: Energy

Chapter 3: Particle model of matter

Chapter 5: Forces

Year 11
Curriculum Content: At the end of year 11 students will complete their externally assessed examinations, this comprises of two written papers both worth 100 marks and lasting 1 hour 45 minutes each.

Topics Covered:

Chapter 7: Magnetism and electromagnetism

Chapter 8: Space physics

Year 12
Curriculum Content: A-level Physics students study the Edexcel concept-led course.

Year 12 students study the following topics:

  • Topic 1: Working as a Physicist
  • Topic 2: Mechanics
  • Topic 3: Electric circuits
  • Topic 4: Materials
  • Topic 5: Waves and the particle nature of light

Students also carry out the prescribed practical activities and other to develop their practical skills towards the CPAC endorsement.

IB HL Physics students cover the following topics in year 12:

  • Measurements and uncertainty
  • Mechanics
  • Thermal physics
  • Circular motion and gravitation
  • Oscillations and waves
  • Electricity and magnetism

Students also study an option topic.

Students carry out the compulsory practical activities and develop investigative skills in order to complete their individual Internal Assessment investigation.

Year 13
Curriculum Content: A-level Physics students study the Edexcel concept-led course.

Year 13 students study the following topics:

    • Topic 6: Further mechanics
    • Topic 7: Electric and magnetic fields
    • Topic 8: Nuclear and particle physics
    • Topic 9: Thermodynamics
    • Topic 10: Space
    • Topic 11: Nuclear radiation
    • Topic 12: Gravitational fields
    • Topic 13: Oscillations

IB HL Physics students cover the following topics in year 13:

Atomic, nuclear and particle physics
Energy Production
Wave phenomena
Fields
Electromagnetic induction
Quantum and nuclear physics

Students carry out the compulsory practical activities and develop investigative skills, as well as completing their individual Internal Assessment investigation.