By encouraging curious minds, Physics explores the deep questions we find ourselves asking. From the origin of the Universe to the energy released in nuclear fission, our studies range from understanding the very big to the very small. In the Physics department, we explore the phenomena through extensive practical work and creative tasks to ensure all our pupils develop their scientific thinking skills to the best of their ability. We study AQA GCSE Physics, which covers a wide range of topics and is taught with a rigorous approach. We believe this provides the best foundation for further study in all three sciences. There is a strong emphasis on practical skills and this is assessed within the written papers.

Course content

Pupils build upon their knowledge and scientific skills developed in Key Stage 3 by further exploring the nature of the world around them. We follow in the footsteps of the classical physicists Sir Isaac Newton and Robert Boyle, through to the modern physics of Ernest Rutherford. The topics include:

  • Energy
  • Forces
  • Electricity
  • Waves
  • Particle model of matter
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Atomic structure
  • Space physics

Assessment

The AQA GCSE in Physics comprises two externally assessed papers:

  • Physics paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of total marks, topics 1-4
  • Physics paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of total marks, topics 5-8

Both papers are made up of a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions

Co-curricular

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • work towards a silver CREST award
  • attend Robotics and Electronics Club
  • attend ‘Science Live’ lecture with scientists of the day

Next steps

Physics A Level is one of the most universally accepted qualifications for progression to university. It is essential for access to Physics and Engineering courses. It is highly regarded for other subjects such as Medicine, Law and Economics because of the thinking skills and problem solving involved.

 

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