Physics, the study of the physical world around us, is a subject with enormous breadth that provides the tools for many human activities such as engineering, astronomy, medical research and construction engineering. Pupils are taught the basic concepts which are vital in understanding how the world works in the fields of technology and engineering.
Pupils are inspired to apply their minds to solving problems, to become mathematically competent, to understand how to link theory with experiments and scientific models and to sustain and develop enjoyment and interest in physics. They are also encouraged to take part in Oxford University’s Physics Olympiad at A Level and the Physics Challenge at GCSE.
In the First, Second and Third Forms (Years 7, 8 and 9) pupils study Physics as part of a general science course, selected because it is very practical and linked to the National Curriculum. Extension work is included to stretch the more able and the course gives pupils an excellent grounding for IGCSE.
The optional IGCSE syllabus is stimulating and interesting, intended to produce more confident and able physicists. The topics build a firm foundation for future study. Pupils acquire a systematic body of scientific knowledge and the skills needed to apply this in many different contexts. They will learn to appreciate the practical nature of physics, acquire experimental and investigative skills, and to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments.
The A Level course is relevant to the real world and is both interesting to teach and learn. It inspires pupils, nurtures a passion for Physics and lays the groundwork for further study in both Physics and engineering. Because Physics is fundamentally an experimental subject, the specification provides numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip pupils with the essential practical skills they need.
Physics is a highly rewarding discipline to study at school, university and beyond and it opens doors to a wide variety of careers. It forms the basis of most modern technologies and holds the future to global well-being. The career opportunities are as vast as the subject itself due to the transferable skills gained and the recognition by employers that it is a demanding discipline, requiring a highly numerate and logical mind.
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