Physics is taught as a separate science subject from Year 7 to Year 13. In Years 7 and 8 students gain a solid grounding in basic Physics ready for starting their GCSE course.
All of our students start Year 9 working on the AQA separate scheme (4403), with all students working towards a GCSE qualification in Physics. Some students, following discussions between the school and parents, transfer to the Core and Additional Science course in Year 11.
In the sixth form the A level taught is the AQA ‘Specification A’ course. At sixth form level the department has one of the largest intakes in the local area, with around 100 students studying Physics at any one time.
The Physics department is a large, well-resourced department staffed by five specialist teachers and a full-time technician. Physics facilities consist of four laboratories which were all fully refurbished to a very high standard during 2008 and 2009. All the laboratories are on the same floor and in the same building as Biology and Chemistry, with which there are very close links, particularly at Key Stage 3 and GCSE level.