Practical work and scientific skills are emphasised for these year groups and pupils are guided as they learn how to develop and perform scientific experiments, as well as analyse data and draw conclusions from these experiments. The theory pupils learn aligns with the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus in order to prepare pupils for further study in GCSE Physics. In Year 9 pupils study motion, energy, electromagnetism and radioactivity. In Year 10, pupils study electricity, waves and space.
Pupils in Year 11 Physics follow the Cambridge International GCSE curriculum for Physics, which covers five main topics in Physics: motion and forces, thermodynamics, waves, electricity and magnetism and atomic physics. The course aims to develop the theoretical and practical aspects of Physics, thereby improving upon pupils’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, giving pupils a greater understanding of the world around them and preparing them for further Physics study at A-level and beyond.
Physics is taught in a purpose-built laboratory stocked with the necessary materials for designing and carrying out experimental work. There are numerous opportunities throughout the year for pupils to put their knowledge of Physics into practice outside of lessons by participating in Science Week activities and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities that are regularly held as part of the Saturday and Post-GCSE programmes.