- Mr D McGreevy(HoD)
- Mr G McKenna
- Mr N Hanna
- Mr. N Keenan (Technician).
Physics is the branch of science that deals with the structure of matter and how the fundamental constituents of the universe interact. It studies objects ranging from the very small using quantum mechanics to the entire universe using general relativity. The subject matter of physics includes mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms. The subject at AS and A2 level builds on the knowledge and understanding of Physics represented in the GCSE Science Curriculum, either Double Award GCSE Science or GCSE Physics. The study of Science at KS3 is the foundation for progress in Physics at GCSE and AS and A level.
All KS3 classes follow the Northern Ireland Curriculum for Science at Key Stage 3. The programme of study covers four attainment targets. These include Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as Experimental and Investigative Science. Pupils are encouraged to develop their experimental and investigative skills and their understanding of Science through systematic experimentation and investigation.
The Key Stage 3 course is set out as 3 separate areas of Science to give a balance of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in each of the Key Stage 3 years. The course is taught as an integrated Science Course as a modified version of the Scientifica course and much use is made of ICT to promote teaching and learning and enjoyment of Science.
At KS4 pupils can study Physics as a separate subject for GCSE or as part of Double Award Science. Current GCSE pupils are following the CCEA Specification for both Physics and Double Award Science. (Specifications may be downloaded from www.ccea.org.).
A level Physics builds on the knowledge and understanding gained from GCSE Physics / Double Award Science. Many of our A level candidates will also have studied GCSE further maths.
Our A level Physics students also follow the CCEA specification (Specification may be downloaded from www.ccea.org.) The course includes 6 modules as follows:
AS.1: Forces, Energy & Electricity (16%)
AS.2: Waves, Photons and Astronomy (16%)
AS.3: Practical techniques and Data Analysis (8%)
A2.1: Deformation of Solids, Thermal Physics, Circular Motion, Oscillations and Atomic and Nuclear Physics (24%)
A2.2: Fields, Capacitors and Particle Physics (24%)
A2.3: Practical Techniques and data analysis (12%).
A2 Physics students have an opportunity to take part in the UK Biology Olympiad every year