Physics

Physics is one of the key disciplines of science. It studies the interplay of force, energy and matter. Physics attempts to explain the activities going on around us, from the origins of our universe to the behaviour of the smallest sub-atomic particles.

Head of Department :

Mrs F Watt

We live in an increasingly technological age. In ten to twenty years time, present pupils could be doing a job which doesn't exist now. How then can they plan ahead? Flexibility is the key and someone with a grounding in the basic principles of physics will be ideally placed to meet the demands of new technologies. Employers look favourably on GCSE and A level Physics because it is an indicator of ability to benefit from further training. A list of careers available to a student with a Physics background would probably fill a book!

There is a widely held misconception that girls find Physics more difficult than boys but the actual statistics show that despite the fact that in most subjects there is a bias one way or the other, Physics is a gender-neutral subject ; in other words girls perform just as well as boys !

Key Stage 3

The CCEA KS3 specification is followed in Years 8 -10.

In Year 8 classes are taught by one teacher under the heading Science to try to minimise the number of teachers that a new pupil has to meet.

In Years 9 and 10 Physics is taught as a separate subject by a member of the Physics department.

Key Stage 4

Pupils are study the Physics CCEA GCSE specification.

AS and A2 level

At Grosvenor we study the Northern Ireland CCEA modular AS and A2 Specifications. In this system, the A level syllabus is split into six modules, three in Year 13 and three in Year 14.

The course builds on the knowledge and understanding of the subject gained in GCSE Physics.

Topics covered at AS level include mechanics, electricity, waves, photons and medical physics. There is also a short practical test.

At A2 level, the topics include thermal physics, oscillations, fields, electron physics, nuclear and particle physics.

It is essential that those wishing to take this subject have at least a B grade in GCSE Physics and a grade B in GCSE Mathematics. The most important requirements, however, are determination, willingness to work consistently and a desire to succeed.

A number of our Year 12 GCSE students attended a Women Into Engineering and Science (WISE) event at W5

Many pupils came out to the playground to see the Solar Eclipse, with the help of large pinhole cameras built by our technicians, Mr and Mrs Sankiewicz.