Physics

Physics

  • Mr A Reeves BSc
  • Mr C Thomas BSc
  • Mrs R Goodrich MA

All students studying Physics at Christ College will experience the variety and the excitement of a developing and contemporary science. With two full time experienced Physics teachers we aim to stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment in a fascinating and challenging subject. Physics is both a theoretical and a practical subject and our teaching at all ages reflects this.  

Physics is taught as part of the Science curriculum (6 periods per week) in Years L7 and L8 in mixed ability classes. In Year M9 Physics is taught as a separate subject (3 periods per week). 

At GCSE we follow the AQA Specification. Pupils will be taught 4 periods a week of Physics and will be examined at the end of Year 11 and awarded a grade on a 9 to 1 scale.  

In the Sixth Form we follow the Eduqas Specification which has a well-chosen balance between fundamental ideas and up to date applications of recent physics. Typically we have two sets in the Lower 6th at AS and two in the upper 6th.  

Regular extra sessions are arranged to prepare pupils for the British Physics Olympiad and Oxbridge entrance exams.  

During their at Christ College our students will gain knowledge and understanding from the traditional physics of mechanics and forces, electrical circuits and the Solar System through to challenging modern ideas such as particle and quantum physics.  

The Department is housed in the new Hubert Jones Science Centre. Pupils have access to a wide range of facilities both within the department and across the school which support their learning. These include the new laboratories, and excellent IT facilities. Both teachers aim to make themselves available for additional help and advice throughout the school day.  

Physics results in public examinations are impressive. Each year a significant number of 6th Formers go on from Christ College to pursue science and physics-related courses at top UK Universities including Physics, engineering, architecture, medicine and computer science.