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Physics at King's College London Mathematics School

Course description

Mathematical developments have underpinned the technological and information revolutions that have transformed the modern world, and yet the subject is far more than simply a valuable tool for scientists, engineers and financial analysts: it is a beautiful, powerful, enriching and immensely stimulating subject.

What is mathematics about? In your experiences to date it may only be about learning how to solve specific types of questions, but this is a very incomplete and unfair picture of the subject. Mathematics is the study of patterns and structure. Mathematicians are key individuals in such a wide variety of roles in today’s world because of their ability to think abstractly and to generalise concepts, and these skills are the skills we will teach you.

At King’s College London Mathematics School, you will learn to think rigorously and precisely, but also creatively, to solve problems. You will learn to construct arguments and to justify them confidently. Mathematicians are the world’s greatest problem solvers, and you will join their ranks.

Course content

Physics is about trying, rather successfully as it turns out, to make sense of the world we live in through mathematics. It is often an extreme science: about the very big and the very small, the very heavy and the very light, the very fast and the very slow, the very long lasting and the very short-lived.

It is about how and why things work, and about what makes things appear and behave in the way they do. It deals with the historical development of ideas as well as with some of the most important technological and environmental issues of our time. It is the most fundamental and wide ranging of the sciences. In short, it is about everything.

In Physics lessons you will learn about the strange and wonderful world of quantum concepts, and you will develop an in-depth knowledge of electricity, vectors, forces, energy and waves. Where many students of A-level Physics must satisfy themselves with qualitative explanations that are often awkward and unconvincing, you will learn to understand Physics using its natural language, Mathematics.

Further information

Our aim is for King’s College London Mathematics School to provide an opportunity for the brightest and best young mathematicians to stretch themselves and prepare to study mathematics or mathematics-related subjects at university. In doing so, we are keen to provide this school for students who may otherwise not have access to the opportunities for an outstanding mathematical education which the school will offer. 


The application process reflects this aim.

The timeline of events for late applicants will be as follows:

March:         Application deadline

March:        Admissions test, 9:30 – 11:30am

April:            Interviews, 9am – 4pm

April:            Get your offer

May:              Accept your place

May:              Welcome event for students and parent / carers

June:           post-GCSE taster event for offer holders

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King's College London Mathematics School directly.

Last updated date: 29 June 2015
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      Lambeth North tube station, on the Bakerloo line, is a 5 minute walk from the school. Waterloo and Elephant & Castle stations are also within easy walking distance.