Physics - International Baccalaureate *Fees payable* at Brentwood School
Physics can be described as the study of energy and matter. It is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself, from the very smallest particles - quarks (perhaps 10/14m) - to the vast distances between galaxies (maybe 10/24m).
The core of IB Physics provides a firm grounding in the basic concepts of mechanics, thermal physics, oscillations and waves, electric charge and current, fields and forces, atomic and nuclear physics and global environmental physics for Standard Level students. Coverage of each core topic is extended for Higher Level. Both Standard Level and Higher Level students also study some optional topics that will be chosen by the teacher after consultation with students. The optional topics include electromagnetic waves, optics, communications, astrophysics, medical physics, quantum and particle physics, and relativity.
Integrated into the teaching scheme is a full programme of practical work, designed to enhance understanding of theoretical concepts and to develop manipulative, analytical and communication skills. All students have to submit a portfolio of their practical work for internal assessment.
Because all diploma students study Mathematics, IB Physics is able to employ a wider range of mathematical techniques and skills than are currently required at A Level. Greater use of mathematics, the language of physics, should be seen as an advantage and should not put off potential students, provided they can achieve at least a grade B at GCSE in Mathematics.
At the end of the course, both HL and SL students sit three papers with the SL papers being slightly shorter.
• Paper 1 consists of multiple-choice questions on the core topics.
• Paper 2 is divided into two sections. In section A, there is a data-based question and several short-answer questions on the core topics and section B provides a choice of extended response questions.
• Paper 3 examines the optional topics studied.
• Internal assessment, worth 24% of the final assessment, is of a mixture of short and long-term investigations and an interdisciplinary project.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brentwood School directly.