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Physics is a practical subject and the department aims to teach as much of the material as possible through experimental exploration in all five years. We teach the two-year IGCSE across all three of the Lower School years, allowing plenty of time for practical work and both years of the A level course have experimental coursework tasks. The department has a wide range of apparatus from the latest in virtual oscilloscopes and digital video cameras through to the traditional apparatus needed for studying the classical ideas that will always form the basis of the subject. Teaching is similarly diverse with modern techniques such as the mathematical modelling used whenever it will develop understanding of complex phenomena.
Pupils are currently prepared for the Dual Award Science IGCSE with Separate Physics for the most able sets. In the Sixth Form, we have chosen to to follow the Cambridge Pre-U course This course is more independently focused, more academically challenging and more dense in terms of material than A levels. It offers breadth and depth, and will provide a perfect half-way house for those pupils wishing to pursue Physics or a related degree at University.
The Physics Department makes a full contribution to the various Science Societies with visiting speakers, discussion groups and quiz nights while individual or small group extension classes are offered at all levels in the school. Pupils are entered for the British Physics Olympiad Competitions in the Upper Fifth, Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth with regular Gold Awards at all levels. There is a 12" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope mounted on top of the Science Block that is available for use by interested pupils by arrangement.
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