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Teaching team: Mr D Brady, Dr D Burke, Mr S Marsh, Miss J Mawn

Years 7 and 8 are taught general Science until Year 9 when Physics, Chemistry and Biology are taught as separate subjects. In the physics department, we seek to promote and encourage a fascination with the physical world and a curiosity with how it works, then answering the questions arising from these. We study forces, energy, electricity, radioactivity and space, exploring some in Medical Physics and engineering, environmental and ethical issues on the way. Throughout the course, we build an understanding of the limitations of what we know, the opportunities to find something new, or to perfect something, for the good of mankind and develop an understanding of the social, moral and ethical implications of our actions. [updated November 2019]

Co-curricular activities

We run a Physics Clinic weekly.  We encourage Sixth Form students to support younger students in robotics and science club. In May 2017 we took a group of Year 13 students to CERN.  We compete in various STEM competitions, including Bloodhound Race for the Line, VEX Robotics and IET Faraday Challenge.

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day." (Einstein)

Years 7 and 8

Year 7:  Here we develop a basic grounding in energy, forces, energy resources, motion, magnetism and electromagnetism.

Year 8: Here we develop a basic grounding in electricity, waves, thermal transfer and space.

Link to national curriculum page:

GCSE: Years 9, 10 and 11

GCSE Course Content

Year 9: The GCSE course begins in Year 9, looking in more depth at energy, energy resources, the particle model of matter.

Year 10

Curriculum Outline: waves completed, forces, energy, electricity

Assessment / Examination:  terminal examination in Year 11

Year 11

Curriculum Outline: electricity, radioactivity, magnetism and electromagnetism, lenses and ultrasound.

Assessment / Examination:  terminal examination – 2 papers of equal weight, each 1h 45 mins, each with a mixture of multiple choice, closed short answer, structured and long answer questions

Exam Board  AQA

Link to Specification:

A Level: Years 12 and 13

Qualifications needed: Maths and Physics GCSE at grade 6.

Course content: The Physics course builds and expands upon many of the key concepts established in GCSE Science.

We engage in a range of learning experiences, such as role playing (excitation of atomic electrons and electron energy levels, for example), student presentations, model making, collaborative learning techniques, electronic student feedback (e.g. Socrative), problem solving, especially using past paper questions. Asking and answering questions are crucial elements of the learning experience.





Examination: Paper 1

  • Measurement and errors
  • Mechanics and Materials
  • Electricity
  • Radioactivity and Particle Physics
  • Waves



Examination: Paper 2

  • Further Mechanics
  • Thermal Physics,
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear Physics



Examination: Paper 3

  • Engineering Physics
  • Practical skills.



Exam Board: AQA

Link to Specification

Careers Education

  • Physics equips you with the ability to embark upon a wide range of courses and careers: from nanotechnology to stock market analysis, from geophysics to astronautics. The most popular courses followed by students tend to be in the fields of Physics, the Sciences, Medicine or Engineering.
  • The Department has a successful track record of students proceeding to study Physics or Engineering at university.
  • The department provides extensive further reading lists with a view to impressing university entrance officers.
  • Guest speakers have come in and discussed their roles e.g. Bloodhound, Young Engineers.  This gives an insight into what such careers involve and the pathways into them.
  • The Department also provides advice and mock interviews for those students who requiring extra support for any applications to higher education.