Physics is the science that is of immediate relevance to everyday life, allowing you to make sense of many environmental and technological issues, whilst at the same time addressing momentous questions concerning the existence and properties of the Universe.
Much of the appeal of physics lies in the beauty of its logic. In addition it involves creativity since originality and imagination are vital for developing novel solutions to problems, theoretical explanations and experimental approaches.
You do not need to study AS or A Level Maths in order to take Physics but you do need to feel comfortable with a quantitative approach and multi-step calculations.
Outside the classroom
Every year several of our students are involved in the Engineering Education Scheme and we have enjoyed successful participation in the various competitions arranged by the British Physics Olympiad. Local lectures are often attended by our students.
Foundations of Physics - Physical quantities and units, Making measurements and analysing data, Nature of quantities
Forces and Motion - Motion, Forces in action, Work, energy and power, Materials, Newton’s laws of motion and momentum
Electrons, Waves and Photons - Charge and current, Energy, power and resistance, Electrical circuits, Waves, Quantum physics
Newtonian world and Astrophysics - Thermal physics, Circular motion, Oscillations, Gravitational fields, Astrophysics and cosmology
Particles and Medical Physics - Capacitors, Electric fields, Electromagnetism, Nuclear and particle physics, Medical imaging
Two 2h 15 minute written papers worth 100 marks; one 1h 30 minute written paper worth 70 marks.
Modelling Physics: multiple choice questions; structured questions including problem solving, calculations, questions on practical work and extended response questions.
Exploring Physics: multiple choice questions; structured questions including problem solving, calculations, questions on practical work and extended response questions.
Unified Physics: structured questions including problem solving, calculations, questions on practical work and extended response questions.
Reported separately from A Level performance as Pass or Ungraded
Minimum of 12 assessed practicals, which are key learning activities throughout the course
Teacher assessed and externally moderated.