Physics is largely concerned with helping one come to terms with the fundamental universal laws that govern the interactions between energy, matter, space and time. It is one of the three sciences that students will take from grade 7 up to grade 13, covering content on particles, energy, physical applications of electricity and magnetism, to motion and astrophysics. It is one of the more popular sciences, and students go on to successful careers both within and without physics - as this subject is known for the development of a critical and analytical approach to problem solving; which translates well in most if not all careers.
A body at rest, wants to stay at rest
KS3Physics is introduced at grades 7- 9 through topics like forces and motion, electricity, atoms and states of matter, energy and space. Experiments are a big part of how physics is delivered at KS3 - where students can explore natural curiosities purposefully and methodically, all in the context of how science works.
At GCSE students build upon a secure foundation of understanding with respect to particles, energy, waves, forces and motion, and discover theories that are much more complex with far reaching practical applications. Topics like electricity, radioactivity and astronomy, waves, the electromagnetic spectrum and electromagnetism to name a few. Students will sit two exams at the end of the course, graded 9-1.
To students who have usually secured a grade 6 and above in GCSE Physics, A Level physics is a challenging but rewarding course. It is considered highly in terms of its value towards university applications and its practical applications in terms of careers. Here students will take the following topics: Mechanics and Materials, Waves and Electricity, Further Mechanics, Fields and Particles, Thermodynamics, Radiation, Oscillations and Cosmology. Students will sit 6 exams over the course of two years, two of which will focus primarily on practical Physics.