Physics is a successful and popular subject in school. The department works very hard to support our students through their studies. We aim to maintain outstanding standards through the quality of the educational experience both in the classroom and beyond.
At A-level and O-level, we promote an inclusive and purposeful cooperation between students and staff with the aim of maximising the performance of all. As well as lessons, students are encouraged to seek one-to-one support which helps students to develop at their own pace and also dispels the misplaced idea that Physics is a difficult subject.
The A-level Physics specification introduces new topics as well as building on previous studies in physics, providing a smooth transition from O-level. Students develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of physics, how physics links to other sciences and how it underpins important technologies.
The five topics for A-level are:
- Measurement and errors
- Particles, radiation, quantum (tiny physics) effects
- Current electricity
- Mechanics, properties of materials
- Further mechanics and Thermal physics
- Fields, and their consequences
- Nuclear physics
- Optional topic selected from astrophysics or medical physics
The subject is a good basis for many degree courses and is highly respected at interviews. Subjects followed at university by past A-level students range from Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Veterinary, Architecture, Mathematics, Economics and History.
We support our students through activities in and out of the classroom. These include:
- Visits to university departments
- Headstart and other sample university courses
- Opportunities for summer work experience
- Visiting lecturers who talk about current issues
Students increase their self confidence and develop many skills by being involved in these events. This supports students in deciding and developing their future life choices.