Physics is the type of subject that encompasses everything. You will need to use mathematical skills to model everything from the tiniest Quark to the largest galaxies. You will need to be able to explain how materials have the properties they do in all four states of matter. The analytical skills that you develop are of value in all walks of life; Including the multidisciplinary teams of scientists, medical physicists, banking and finance, engineering, mineral searches, broadcasting and even law.


The Course

Content is split into six teaching modules: The main content is in modules 3,4,5 and 6.

Module 1 – Development of Practical Skills in Physics

1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination
1.2 Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2 – Fundamental Data Analysis

Module 3 – Physics in Action

3.1.1 Imaging and signalling
3.1.2 Sensing
3.2 Mechanical properties of materials

Module 4 – Understanding Processes

4.1 Waves and quantum behaviour
4.2 Space, time and motion

Module 5 – Rise and Fall of the Clockwork Universe

5.1.1 Creating models
5.1.2 Out into space
5.1.3 Our place in the universe
5.2.1 Matter: very simple
5.2.2 Matter: hot or cold

Module 6 – Field and Particle Physics

6.1.1 Electromagnetism
6.1.2 Charge and field
6.2.1 Probing deep into matter
6.2.2 Ionising radiation and risk.

Components 01– 03 assess content from all six modules.

Year 12
During year 12, you will study modules 1,2,3, and 4.

Year 13
During year 13, you will study modules 1,2, 5, and 6.

A positive attitude to Physics is essential. You will need to be able to model concepts in your mind, like visualising electron movement as a particle or a wave is needed. Taking pleasure in solving Physics problems using mathematics and logic is needed for your success in this subject.

GSCE requirements: A minimum of B in two GCSE sciences is essential (B grades must be achieved in all written components of the GCSE science exams) and a minimum of a B in Maths.

You will use presentation skills using a wide variety of research tools to complete your work. Investigations will be conducted in the use of sensors and new materials. You will be given the opportunity to research an individual topic that interests you and you will be given time to investigate in the lab any experimental area you wish. Lectures at the Rutherford Labs in Cambridge are available.

For further details, please contact Mr Garvey.

All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.