Physics is taught as a separate science by subject specialists from Year 9 onwards. We follow the Edexcel IGCSE Physics course. All students study it to the end of Year 11. The majority of students take a Physics IGCSE along with separate IGCSEs in Chemistry and Biology.
A small number of students take a dual award Science IGCSE which includes a paper on each of the three sciences but only leads to two IGCSEs grades. The Physics course covers Mechanics, Electricity, Waves, Energy, Kinetic Theory, Electromagnetism, Radioactivity and Astrophysics.
At A Level we follow the OCR Physics A specification. This can lead either to a Physics AS taken after one year or a Physics A level taken at the end of the course. In the first year the students study Mechanics, Materials, Electricity, Waves, and Atomic Physics; in the second year we cover more Mechanics along with Heat, Fields, Nuclear Physics, Medical Physics and Astrophysics.
Head of Department
Ms Sarah Stevens