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Group Four IB Physics HL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School

Course description

Course Content:

Physics is a tortured assembly of contrary qualities: of scepticism and rationality, of freedom and revolution, of passion and aesthetics, and of soaring imagination and trained common sense.                                                         (Leon M Lederman (Nobel Prize for Physics, 1988)

Standard and Higher Physics students study eight core topics; measurements and uncertainties, mechanics, thermal physics, waves, electricity and magnetism, circular motion and gravitation, atomic, nuclear and particle physics and energy production.  In addition the Higher course includes more advanced, in depth and mathematical studies of wave phenomena, fields, electromagnetic induction and quantum and nuclear physics.  Students also study one option. The option that is currently being taught is astrophysics at both standard and higher levels. Studying Physics enables students to develop a passion for a subject that will seriously develop their analytical, communication, problem-solving and practical skills. This unique combination provides an outstanding opportunity for students who want to go into engineering, research, mathematics, banking, business, economics, law, or any profession that requires deep thinkers, leaders, problem solvers or analysts.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.


Assessment: Higher Level



Overall (%)


Format and syllabus coverage

Paper 1



Multiple-choice questions

Paper 2



Short and long answer questions with some choice.

Paper 3



Questions on the compulsory practical’s and on the Option.



In addition 20% of the marks are awarded for a ten hour individual practical investigation, using five criteria to assess the final report. These criteria, Personal Engagement, Exploration, Analysis, Evaluation and Communication are taught throughout the course.

Many of the students who study Physics participate in a wide variety of activities provided by the department and join in at least one of the scientific trips we make to CERN, the Diamond Light facility in Oxford, Physics and Engineering departments in Oxford and Cambridge and relevant and exciting lectures in London and elsewhere. There is an option to attend a group preparing for Russell Group university entrance for science and engineering as well as opportunities to enter competitions including the prestigious International Physics Olympiad

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dartford Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years