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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Sciences - Physics

Why study Physics?

 

 

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Physics is the study of matter, energy and their interaction at all possible scales in the Universe.  Through the Year 12 course, you will develop a thorough grounding in fundamental aspects of the subject, including mechanics, electricity and wave behaviour and also study a unit covering topics in quantum physics.  

The Year 13 course develops a deeper understanding of mechanics through the study of circular and simple harmonic motion, and introduces new concepts including electric, gravitational and magnetic fields of force.

Other topics covered in Year 13 include thermal physics, nuclear and particle physics, astrophysics and medical imaging.  Practical work is a vital element of the course, and practical skills are developed and assessed across the two years study.

Where does this subject lead me?

Our A-Level course is designed to extend your experiences and understanding of Physics and, in doing so, provides a solid foundation for advanced study in the physical sciences and engineering.  The Problem solving, analytical and mathematical skills acquired also lend themselves to solving, analytical and mathematical skills acquired also lend themselves to career choices, including finance, communications and project management. 

Why our students like this course

‘You start from first principles and prove the stuff you’re learning yourself through experiments…’          

'I chose Physics to try and get a better answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, not just 42.  I like it because you start from first principles and prove the stuff you’re learning yourself through experiments.  I find it so interesting as it explains how the world around you works.  Personally I have no idea what I want to do at university, but with Physics very few doors are closed.'

Entry Requirements
Grade 6s (12) in Science (if Double) or Grade 6 in Physics (if Triple) and a Grade 6 in Maths

Exam Board
OCR – Course title: H556 Physics A