The Physics Department occupies one floor of the Science Building. It has five fully equipped laboratories and also a Physics library where pupils can work during their free time, along with five Physics teachers with a combined teaching experience of over fifty years. We have good links with many local Universities where we have frequent visits for lectures.
In the 4th form the pupils begin by studying astronomy and there is an opportunity for some practical observations with the department’s telescopes during lessons and in the weekly astronomy club. After the Christmas holiday pupils begin working on the AQA Science A GCSE. In the Remove year pupils continue with work on the AQA Science A GCSE and they will sit their exams for this course in June of that year unless they have opted for Separate Science in which case they will sit all of their exams in the 5th form. In the 5th form the combined scientists will follow the AQA Additional Science course and they will have their exams in June. The separate scientists will continue to study AQA GCSE Physics and will sit all their exams for this course in June. The AQA Physics GCSE provides an excellent grounding for pupils who may wish to study Physics in the 6th form; however, it is not a prerequisite and combined scientists will often excel at the Physics A-Level.
In the Sixth Form pupils are study the AQA Physics A GCE. Topics covered in the AS year include Mechanics, Particle Physics, Electricity, Waves and Quantum Physics. Pupils generally find that this course supports, and is well supported by, AS Mathematics.
Many pupils choose to continue to study Physics into the Upper 6th where they study topics including Further Mechanics, Fields, Thermal Physics, Nuclear Physics and Turning Points in Physics. Beyond A Level, many pupils choose to continue into Physics-based higher education when they leave and we often send pupils to Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities.