Physics is the experimental study of the physical world. It covers a wide spectrum of the simple phenomena and mathematics that make our universe what it is. Students are taught to think critically about the world and there is a great emphasis on problem solving in the course. Students will learn the fundamentals that govern the behaviour of matter and energy, and will be able to find mathematical solutions to problems.
Where there is no mathematical model, students will develop their ability to interpret physical models and build their explanatory skills in being able to articulate the reason behind physical phenomena.
The department offers a number of extra-curricular activities including:
- Physics Society (run by Sixth Form prefects).
- Year 10 Science Enrichment day (Scrap heap challenge).
- Year 12 Field trip to Adventure Island (practical applications of mechanics).
- Physics Olympiad (Year 12/13)
- Physics AS Challenge (Year 12)
- Particle Physics trip to Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Year 13)