Physics is one of the oldest and most fundamental of all sciences. It encompasses our understanding from the basic constituents of matter to the structure of the universe in which we live.
From this standpoint, the aim of the Physics department is to maintain and nurture the interest of students and deliver the relevant syllabi.
Physics and its applications are all around us especially in the modern technological environment. Knowledge of how to explain the everyday phenomena around us opens up many opportunities and makes the world a more exciting place to live.
Studying Physics will open up many avenues and careers for students to explore further or take forward to higher education. Some areas that former Gresham’s pupils have moved into are, Computer Science, Finance, Engineering, and Medicine.
The A level cohort follow the EDUQAS Physics course. This is assessed at the end of the second year with three summer examinations. The course covers the fundamentals of Physics giving students the skills required to succeed in numerous disciplines in the area of higher education. In particular, the course develops sound problem solving skills through practical work and the use of mathematics. The core practical work covers a range of topics and gives students the opportunity to repeat historically important experiments and understand there importance.
Students follow the diploma program at either higher of standard level for two years with a terminal examination consisting of three papers sat on two consecutive days. There is an experimental coursework element, which contributes 24% towards the final grade.
In recent years, a number of our students have been successful in their applications to Oxford or Cambridge University to read Engineering or Physics.
Year nine to eleven study the Edexcel GCSE course completing two examinations in the summer of year eleven. In the year nine course, core Physics skills are taught to all students giving them a sound foundation to take forward. The choice at the end of year 9 is to study either the Combined science GCSE or the Separate science GCSEs from year ten. Throughout the course theory lessons are supported with practical work that develops understanding.