Why choose Physics?

Investigate the fundamental principles of how the universe works.

Physics is a rewarding study for those of you with an inquiring mind. It is also the basis on which all forms of technology are built. The course seeks to promote sound understanding and application of physical concepts along with self-reliance in tackling independent tasks, both theoretical and practical. Growth of logical and numerical ability accompanies the development of the subject material. This goes hand-in-hand with your development, increasing your responsibility for your own learning. Such skills are important in all future forms of professional activity and particularly so in those areas which require a predominantly logical or numerate approach.

Physics is a fascinating subject and whilst it can be studied at higher education in its own right, it is also commonly studied by those wishing to go on to engineering courses, medical courses, architecture or degrees in other science areas and it is a widely accepted qualification for any area which requires numeracy or logical thought.Physics

“I enjoy the contrast and step up from GCSE and the vast range of topics you study (from materials to Quantum) makes studying physics very enjoyable and exciting.”

Why Hills Road?

  • We are an experienced group of teachers and enjoy a positive working relationship with our students.
  • You will be assigned to a learning team within your class to promote mutual support and many class activities will be conducted within these teams.
  • We run a peer mentoring scheme for interested students to support each other.
  • We run lunchtime workshops every day to support your learning.
  • In addition, we are are happy to meet with you outside lessons to discuss your progress.
  • We run many extra-curricular activities, from talks (both in College with visiting speakers and external) to the annual trip to CERN in Switzerland.
  • You will be encouraged to participate in the British Physics Olympiad where successful Hills Road students have previously gained top awards and have even gone on to represent Britain at the International Physics Olympiad.
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Entry Requirements

GCSE grade A in Physics or GCSE grade A in Science and Additional Science, and GCSE grade A in Maths. It is not necessary to also study AS Mathematics.

Awarding Body

OCR Specification B - Advancing Physics - H557

Units of Study

Year 12

Physics - Year 12

The topics you will study include:

  • forces and motion
  • electric circuits
  • materials, waves and quantum behaviour
  • energy and power.
You will develop your practical skills, including planning experiments, selecting and using appropriate apparatus, analysing and evaluating data and researching and reporting

Year 13

Physics - Year 13

You will study topics including

  • gravitational and electric fields
  • electromagnetism
  • nuclear and particle physics
  • oscillations
  • kinetic theory
  • thermal physics
Three written papers; these will examine your knowledge and understanding of the topics studied in Year 12 and Year 13 and will involve problem solving, calculations and extended responses. The papers will also include questions that assess your practical skills.
Practical Endorsement: your practical skills will be continually assessed throughout the two years of this course and count towards the Practical Endorsement.
Note: the Practical Endorsement is reported separately from the grade achieved in the written papers.