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Physics at Formby High School

Course description

Physics at Formby High School has an impressive record of academic success. It is taught in outstanding laboratories by highly experienced and enthusiastic staff. We provide an exciting array of learning opportunities, including current news articles, reading material made available , trips to lectures, guest scientists and past pupils visiting the school.

A close supportive relationship with Liverpool University exists and students are encouraged to take part in university outreach programmes including a Particle Physics Master Class, Nuclear Physics Master Classes and the Nuffield Science Bursary scheme.

Course content

This is a particularly exciting time in Physics with the particle accelerator at CERN allowing us to observe things that were only theorised about before. The course, while expanding on classical Physics, will take us through Einstein up to the present day. It will explain the amazing work currently being done in Particle Physics and Cosmology, visit the world of Quantum physics where your view of reality will be questioned and will also reveal beautiful questions that are still without answers.

In Year 12 you will study:

  • Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity
  • Mechanics, Materials and Waves
  • Investigative and Practical Skills

In Year 13 you will study:

  • Fields and Further Mechanics
  • Nuclear, Thermal and Astrophysics
  • Investigative and Practical Skills

Entry requirements

Students require a B grade in GCSE Physics with at least 75% in Unit 2 and a high grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics. Alternatively, students must achieve a B grade in GCSE Additional Science with at least 75% in the Physics component and a high grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics.

Future opportunities

A Physics qualification would be useful in any career as it shows the ability to collect information and apply logical processes to the solving of problems. Physicists communicate effectively and have highly transferable skills.

Other than the more obvious science courses, Physics is very useful for Business and Music Technology courses, amongst others.

To study Physics at degree level, an A Level in Mathematics is essential.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Formby High School directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September