Physics at Sedbergh combines a traditional course with an emphasis on real-life applications and interesting experimental work. The department is particularly proud of the amount of practical work that we include in our studies.
The Physics department has four teaching staff and an experienced lab technician. It has three laboratories and two additional teaching rooms. One of our laboratories is equipped as a data logging computer suite.
All rooms have multimedia facilities which are used when appropriate.
The aims of the department are:
To teach physics in the most engaging way possible.
To help every pupil attain the highest exam grade that they possibly can.
To develop practical skills in every pupil. To nurture in every pupil a love of the sciences.
To raise the profile of Physics within the school community.
To make Physics a main stream A' Level choice.
To encourage pupils to consider careers in Physics, Engineering and related fields.
To make Physics the most popular lesson in every pupils' week.
During Year 9 pupils follow a course that is specific to Sedbergh with every lesson involving substantial practical work. This course provides a firm foundation for the GCSE years. The major themes covered are Electricity, Magnetism, Forces, Motion, the Solar System and Waves.
The two year IGCSE course devotes a large proportion of time to practical work and encourages pupils to apply what they learn in the classroom to the world around them. The course is an excellent preparation for further study. The topics covered are Forces and Motion, Electricity, Waves, Energy, States of Matter, Electromagnetism and Radioactivity.
At the end of the course, pupils sit a terminal examination that also assesses their practical skills, to avoid the need to complete coursework.
AS and A' Level
Physics is a popular A' Level choice at Sedbergh, with many pupils going on to study Engineering or Physics at university.
The Sixth Form course follows the CIE International A' Level specification. This builds on the skills acquired at IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, a section on some current applications of physics, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination.
The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of physics ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course will foster creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path, and AS and A' Level Physics is ideal for students who want to study physics or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science.