Mr M Smyth (Head Of Department)
Mr B Donnelly
Mrs A Shen



Key Stage 3

The Physics curriculum at KS3 is studied as discrete units of work delivered throughout Years 8-10. These units are designed to cover a wide range of topics such as Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Energy, Forces and the Earth in Space. Pupils are provided with opportunities to develop various thinking skills and personal capabilities through a wide range of learning activities.
The Physics curriculum at KS3 is designed to encourage pupils to look at how Physics applies to their everyday lives as well as providing them with opportunities to develop practical and critical thinking skills. Pupils currently study Physics in the form of two modules of work in Years 8 to 10. Here they are encouraged to experiment, plan their own investigations, undertake research projects and present their findings using a range of formats. Physics lessons may also involve examining the role of Physics in the media and its use in planning for sustainable energy resources for the future.


Students who select GCSE Physics will follow the CCEA Specification and can be taken as either Triple Award Physics or part of a Double Award Modular Science course. Both courses follow a modular format with pupils taking a modular exam at the end of both Years 11 and 12.

In Year 11 pupils will study

  • Force and Motion
  • Energy
  • Moments and Radioactivity

In Year 12 pupils will study

  • Waves
  • Sound and Light
  • Electricity
  • the Earth and Universe

For the Triple Award option Module 1 contributes 35% , Module 2 40% and a controlled assessment task taken in Year 12 contributes to 25% of the final GCSE. In Double Award Module 1 contributes 11%, Module 2 14% and the controlled assessment task 25% of the GCSE.

A Level

At an advanced level, the department offers the CCEA AS/A2 Modular Physics course. This consists of three modules in the AS year and a further three in the second or A2 year of the course. In both years, pupils take a practical examination contributing to a full module. The modules at both AS level and A2 level are examined as 1 hour 30 minutes written papers and a 1 hour 30 minute practical examination. Each written paper contributes 37% to the final AS/A2 level (or 18.5% of the final A Level), whilst the practical examination contributes 26% to the AS/A2 grade (or 13%% of the final A Level).

Extra Curricular

Pupils are encouraged to develop their Physics skills further through a range of extra curricular activities which include participation in the Science Club, SENTINUS Young Innovators, BT Young Scientist as well as annual entries that the department makes to the Physics Olympiad competitions.

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