Physics

Teachers: Mr C Lee, Mrs H Moreby

GCSE

There will be a choice of two Science Courses at GCSE; students will be guided by their Science teachers and tutors as to which course is the most suitable.

1. A Science course that is equivalent to two GCSEs and involves Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Units involved are B1; B2; C1; C2; P1; and P2 (see below). This Science course provides a balanced Science curriculum, which will ensure that students achieve the appropriate knowledge and skills for a seamless progression to Advanced Level Science subjects.

2. A Science course that is equivalent to three GCSEs and involves Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Units involved are B1; B2; B3; C1; C2; C3; P1; P2; and P3 (see below). Students will study additional teaching units in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This will give them a thorough understanding of the three Sciences. This would suit students certain to continue one or more Sciences at Advanced Level.

Physics 1 (P1)

  • How is heat (thermal energy) transferred and what factors affect the rate at which heat is transferred?
  • What is meant by the efficient use of energy?
  • Why are electrical devices so useful?
  • How should we generate the electricity we need?
  • What are the uses and hazards of the waves that form the electromagnetic spectrum?
  • What are the uses and dangers of emissions from radioactive substances?
  • What do we know about the universe and how it continues to change?

Physics 2 (P2)

  • How can we describe the way things move?
  • How do we make things speed up or slow down?
  • What is mains electricity
  • What is momentum?
  • What is static electricity, how can it be used and what is the connection between static electricity and

Physics 3 (P3)

  • How do forces have a turning effect?
  • What keeps bodies moving in a circle?
  • What provides the centripetal force for planets and satellites?
  • What do mirrors and lenses do to light?
  • What is sound?
  • What is ultrasound and how can it used?
  • How can electricity be used to make things move?
  • How do generators work?
  • How do transformers work
  • What is the life history of stars?

A Level

The study of Physics is an exciting and rewarding experience. Employers look favourably on AS Physics because it is an indicator of the ability to develop logical thought. This skill is essential in the fields of Law, Accountancy, Medicine, Engineering, Business Studies and Information Technology. Physics is at the core of modern Science. It is in essence the study of matter and energy and developments from the work of the Physicists underline most aspects of technology. Discovering new ideas and applications in Physics can be very rewarding. At Ribston Hall, Physics is delivered via theory, its application to numerical problems and practical work. The latter calls for creativity, enthusiasm and imagination.

Science in Society is a new course that equips students with a knowledge of science and technology as they impact on modern life and the skills to communicate with others both scientists and non-scientists alike. The course develops from the issues raised in the Year 10 Science course. It would be useful for any arts/humanities students who wish to broaden their curriculum and would allow science students to reflect on their studies in a wider context. The course aims to develop the student's scientific literacy and critical thinking skills when reading, writing and talking about Science. The course is underpinned by an understanding of How Science Works which describes Scientific Methodology.