The department has two full time specialist Physics teachers and two part-time specialists. There are three dedicated physics laboratories and two others shared between the three sciences. Practical work is a very important part of teaching physics at Camp Hill and all boys are encouraged to learn as they work through a problem by thinking scientifically. Physics, like the other two sciences, is taught as a stand-alone subject throughout all key stages.
Key Stage 3
Year 7: 2 hours per fortnight
The emphasis is on practical work and on the correct recording and understanding of the experimental results. Pupils use a booklet, specially written for our pupils.
Year 8: 2 hours per fortnight
While experimental work is still at the heart of the scheme of work pupils learn the basics of physics topics such as light and electricity.
Year 9: 3 hours per fortnight
From September 2017 pupils will follow the GCSE scheme of work.
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 and 11, all boys follow the new GCSE AQA course (8463) with an examination at the end of Year 11.
The A level course follows the AQA 7408 specification. Most pupils take the Astronomy option. All examinations are taken at the end of the two year course.