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
Dr Nigel Dowrick
Dr Nigel Dowrick joined Benenden in 1994 as a physics teacher; he has been Head of Department here for about 20 years.