Physics is taught as a separate subject to all boys from Year 7 onwards. In the early years the emphasis is placed upon whole-class experimental and investigative work, as boys explore their interest in Physics through practical work wherever possible.
The course focuses on the major themes of Physics: electricity, forces, motion, waves and energy.
In Year 9 (Lower Fifth) we begin the GCSE course, building on the knowledge and understanding already gained. We also teach, more formally, the practical skills needed to succeed at GCSE and beyond. This is in addition to experiments and demonstrations that help to illustrate the theoretical principles involved, whilst enhancing interest and confidence in the subject.
Head of Department - Mr T Munoz-Britton
A grade (or AA in Double Award Science) Physics GCSE is the minimum requirement to study A Level Physics. An A* grade is usually indicative of the ability to access top grades. Warwick School follows the AQA course specification. Warwick School follows the AQA course specification.
Physics has traditionally linked to mathematics and a minimum of a grade A at GCSE in mathematics would be advisable to access the Physics course. While taking mathematics A Level is not necessary to be able to study Physics, students embarking upon the course who are not studying mathematics, will be expected to attend off-timetable support lessons to cover certain mathematical concepts required for A Level physics.
This A Level would suit candidates who…
- Are interested in solving problems and thinking creatively
- Want to learn more about how the world around them works
- Enjoy hands-on experimental work
- Get satisfaction from solving mathematical puzzles
Science in Action offers students the opportunity to undertake some extended science practical work. Ideal for those who love to experiment, investigate and ponder… but without the pressure of any write-ups or exams. Freed from the confines of the syllabus, Science in Action runs a carousel of biological, chemical and physical science activities, which give students the chance to see some of the synthesis, analysis and applied techniques more commonly used in undergraduate laboratories. Those choosing this course will have the opportunity to work alongside students and teachers from other schools and as such develop better communication skills as they form efficient working relationships. There is a degree of responsibility – some of the techniques require careful risk assessment, whilst the quality of products and results will depend upon each student’s own experimental diligence, as well as their ability to work in a team.
Having undertaken the first year of Science in Action, students may apply to carry out an independent research project. With limited places, commitment and aptitude must be shown, but the potential payoffs are huge. Working independently in Warwick School’s research-standard laboratories, students have the opportunity to genuinely contribute to the progress of the group’s work and get a privileged insight into the world of scientific research.