I think nature's imagination is so much greater than man's, she's never going to let us relax. -Richard Feynman
Physics is an all-encompassing subject, dealing with the smallest subatomic particles up to the scale of the entire universe. It is all about questions: What is a black hole? How was the universe formed? How do musical instruments produce sound? Why does a crisp packet expand so much on an aeroplane? Why do magnets attract or repel one another? The beauty of the subject is that it can answer all of these questions and continues to generate new ones.
At Key Stage 3
Classes allow students to explore the key areas of forces, electricity, waves and energy. Students can discover why it can be possible to walk on custard and get involved with projects and competitions such as designing their own bespoke streamlined water rocket. Investigative skills are developed and students are encouraged to find their own creative methods and approaches to solving classic Physics problems.
The Edexcel IGCSE Physics course gives students a balanced experience of the main themes. There are key questions and investigations to carry out in each of these areas and students will steadily develop their investigative skills alongside their knowledge and understanding of this fascinating subject. Topics range from classic Newtonian mechanics in the forces and motion section, to more abstract concepts such as radioactive decay and nuclear fusion. Contemporary issues and debating skills are also covered in this exciting course. Students will be able to explore various different arguments such as; could there be extra-terrestrial life and what are the benefits of space travel? As always, practical work plays a large role in enhancing the learning experience.
Students will study Edexcel International Advanced Physics. This is a fascinating and challenging course which has the capacity to stretch and inspire students. There is a high level of mathematical demand and students will develop higher order problem solving skills. Practical work is also an integral feature, and this allows students to develop practical skills. At AS level, topics include mechanics, fluid dynamics, electricity, waves and quantum physics. At A2 students study astrophysics, fields and their consequences, electromagnetic induction, simple harmonic motion and the fascinating area of particle physics. This course is an excellent starting point which can lead to careers in various types of engineering, research and development, astrophysics, ICT or even finance and accounting to name but a few.