Physics

Subject Intent: 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 superconductivity
  • Practical skillsYear 13
  •  Further mechanics, including oscillations and circular motion
  • Thermal physics, including gas laws
  • Fields and their consequence, including electrical fields, capacitors, gravitational fields, orbits, magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction
  • Nuclear physics, our knowledge of the nucleus and its application
  • An option unit, “Turning Points in Physics”, which builds on a range of the physics studied in earlier sections
  • Practical skills

What are the entry requirements?

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