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Physics

Physics is fundamental in explaining how the world around us works, from the structure of the proton to the movement of the galaxies. It illuminates our understanding of why the sky turns red in the evening, how we can speak across continents and why some bridges collapse. We recognise the importance of practical Physics as a method of enhancing the understanding of the principles behind the theories.

Years 9, 10 and 11

Physics is a compulsory subject in Years 9, 10 and 11 and the Cambridge IGCSE course is started in Year 9. The emphasis in the IGCSE is placed on students understanding the basic principles underlying Physics so that they have a strong basis for the further study.

In all year groups extensive practical work and investigations support the learning processes. Most of the lessons are taught in two well-equipped laboratories supported by our two dedicated laboratory technicians.

A level

A and AS Level Physics builds on the skills acquired at IGCSE. The syllabus includes Newtonian Physics, the theory of matter, oscillations, waves, electricity and magnetism. At A2 level, students study these topics in greater depth and analyse the four fundamental forces of nature, the nature of fields and nuclear and particle physics.

All teaching is conducted in fully equipped laboratories, with data loggers and LCD projectors.

Assessment

Assessment is by means of both practical and theory examinations. An A level in Physics is highly appreciated by universities and is particularly useful for students studying Engineering (Mechanical, Aeronautical, Electronic, Civil or Chemical), Medicine, Astronomy, Information Technology and Mathematics.