A challenge, but it makes you think about how things work.
Physics is a subject which will opens the doors to many companies. It is essential if you wish to become an engineer and desirable if you want to be involved in any mechanical area.
In years 7 and year 8 the pupils study physics as part of the science course, and in year 9 they study physics. During these years they look at the topics of forces, space, energy, magnetism, electricity and waves. At beginning of spring term in year 9 they begin looking at the GCSE topics.
The following topics are covered:
States of matter and mixtures, chemical changes, extracting metals, groups in the periodic table, rates of reaction and energy changes, fuels and Earth science. The pupils must also complete 12 key practical segments which are assessed during the final examination.
The following topics are studied:
Measurements and their errors, particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and materials, electricity, further mechanics and thermal physics, fields and their consequences and nuclear physics.
Then one of the following topics is selected:
Astrophysics, medical physics, engineering physics, turning points in physics, electronics.
Pupils are then required to complete 12 set practical tasks which will be assessed during the examinations.
There are a number of trips to companies and universities as well as NASA and theme parks where the mechanics of operation can be investigated.