Physics is offered as a two year full A-level option only following the Edexcel specification.

Physics helps us to understand how our world works, from the smallest particles through to the huge galaxies that make up the universe. Physics provides a broad training in skills that are valued by employers; an ability to grasp concepts quickly, a determination to find coherent answers, along with problem-solving, analytical, mathematical and IT skills.
Physics fits well with Maths and Chemistry but it is also a very good support for other subjects such as Geography and Computing.

Student Profile
Students who study Physics will have an enthusiasm for the subject and an interest in its applications, good mathematical skills especially algebra, a logical and methodical approach to problem solving and a strong willingness to learn and motivate yourself to research.

Three exam papers taken in Summer 2018, there is no coursework element.
Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minute, 90 marks. All topics covered in Year 12.
Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minute, 90 marks.  All topics covered in Year 13.
Paper 3: 2 hours 30 minute, 120 marks.  All topics covered in Year 12 and 13.
Practical skills are assessed and will be reported separately to the final grade.  There are around sixteen core practicals that must be completed and fully written up

Entry Requirements
5+ in English Language and 6+ in Maths
and either 6-6 in Combined Science or 6 in Physics.

Career Prospects
The skills you will develop will prepare you for a wide range of courses and occupations including the following: Physics, Medical Physics, Geology, Astrophysics, Space Technology, Computer Science, Mechanical, Aeronautical, Electrical, Chemical, Civil, Electronic and Biomedical Engineering.

Department Members

  • Dr Brushwood - Curriculum Leader Science (
  • Mr Fullbrook - Science teacher
  • Mr Patel - Science teacher
  • Mrs Spencer-Bowdage - Science teacher
  • Ms Bryant - Science teacher
  • Mrs Baptiste-Buckley - Science teacher