Physics

Why Physics?

Physics develops key transferrable skills through the study of the universe from the smallest to the largest scales. Some of the highest skills shortages in Yorkshire are in STEM and our curriculum is designed to develop scientific methodology, awareness of  the advances of technology and recognition of the value of Physics in society so that students can go on to enjoy careers in fields such as Engineering (mechanical, structural and civil), geophysics and radiation protection.

What will I study?

Year 12

Waves, including the strange things that can happen when waves meet.

Particles and Radiation, including antiparticles, quarks and quantum phenomena.

Mechanics and Materials, including projectile motion and collisions.

Electricity, including resistivity and the potential divider.

Measurements and their errors, allowing us to evaluate experimental results.

Practical Skills.

Year 13

Further Mechanics, including oscillations and circular motion.

Fields and their consequences, including electrical fields, capacitors, gravitational fields, orbits, magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction.

Nuclear Physics, our knowledge of the nucleus and its application.

An optional unit, “Turning Points in Physics”, which builds on a range of the physics studied in earlier sections.

Practical Skills.

Some of the content areas will be familiar from GCSE but the level of mathematical content and depth of explanation may not.

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.