Physics at Huddersfield Grammar School
The study of Physics gives the student a knowledge and understanding of the way nature works and a scientific perspective on our place in the Universe. Students should be thinking of taking Physics at GCSE level because they require the qualification to further their desired career opportunities and/or they have an interest in the way the different aspects of reality fit together. Students will already be familiar with many topics from their work at Key Stage 3. The content at GCSE will take these studies further and introduce some new material. Topics covered will include: Forces and motion and how they link together to allow scientists and engineers to predict outcomes for future design and safety. Electricity and Magnetism and their role in our modern technological society is put into context. Simple circuitry and components form the basis of much practical investigation. Energy Resources and Transfer looks at how our energy usage impacts on the environment and takes the concept of energy a little deeper by quantifying it. Waves studies how energy can be transferred by oscillations in the form of sound, light and electromagnetic waves. Earth and Space looks at how our knowledge of the Universe has evolved in the past hundred years and it probably generates more questions than it answers! Radiation reviews our ideas about what matter is and how some of it is unstable, leading to radioactivity and its effects on living things and the environment. The teaching of all topics is taken to the Higher Level so that as many students as possible can have the opportunity to be entered for that level of examination. Nevertheless, teaching is differentiated and students who find some aspects of the subject difficult but have a genuine interest should not be put offfor making it one of their choices.
Physics, along with the other science courses, is split into three sections each of which is examined at the end of the course with a single 45 minute paper which counts 25% towards the final grade. All three papers for a particular science must be taken at either Foundation level [grade C-G or fail] or higher level [grade A* to D or fail]. Physics, again like Biology and Chemistry, is split into three sections each of which is examined at the end of the course with a single 45 minute paper which counts 25% towards the final grade. Physics has a course work component which will account for the remaining 25%. This will involve the student in performing an investigation and then evaluating their findings in the laboratory under controlled conditions. They will also do an externally set paper that will test their ability to interpret scientific data.
Please note that medical, dentistry and veterinary degrees require a higher Physics grade at GCSE while Physics is often required as a qualification in certain careers in the armed forces and a combination of Physics and Mathematics is a requirement for most engineering courses.
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