Staff

Head of Department

Miss L Colgan

Subject Teachers

Mrs S Kennoway
Miss R Bell
Mrs J Moore
Dr K Quinn
Miss S Ritchie (SENCO)

Technician

Mr M McCluney


Aims

In accordance with the Northern Ireland Curriculum, the Physics Department aims to:

  • provide a relevant and enjoyable educational experience
  • develop safe practical skills in Physics
  • develop communication and problem solving skills
  • enable pupils to interpret, organise and evaluate numeric data
  • promote an understanding of the relevance of Physics in modern society
  • develop skills in mathematics and the use of technology in scientific contexts

Key Stage 3

Physics is taught as a separate subject in Years 8 to 10. Pupils have two periods of Physics a week.

Year 8

  • Safety/What is Physics?
  • Energy types
  • Heat and temperature
  • Forces
  • Heat transfer
  • Energy resources
  • Investigation - Hooke’s Law

Year 9

  • Waves
  • Sound
  • Static electricity
  • Circuits
  • Astronomy
  • Investigation - current electricity

Year 10

  • Light, reflection and refraction
  • Turning moments and levers
  • Magnetism
  • Motion
  • Colour
  • Investigation - electromagnets

GCSE

Pupils study the CCEA GCSE Physics specification. Physics is taught in KS4 as separate GCSE Physics. Students have four periods per week in year 11 and 5 periods per week in year 12.

Astronomy

Pupils also have the opportunity to study the GCSE in Astronomy in years 11 and 12. Astronomy explains the movements of the bodies in our Solar System and many of the cycles in the night and daytime sky. The course allows pupils to follow the incredible story of how scientists, since ancient times, have used imagination, measurement, and scientific methods to explore the universe in which we live.


Content

  • Earth, moon and sun
  • Planetary systems
  • Stars
  • Galaxies and cosmology

The full specification is available on the Pearson website.


A Level

Pupils study the CCEA GSE Physics specification. Pupils study for an AS award from CCEA in Year 13 and may proceed to A2 in Year 14.

AS Physics

The CCEA AS specification contains three modules:

Forces, energy and electricity
Waves, photons and medical physics
Practical techniques

AS Physics

The CCEA A2 specification contains three modules:

  • Momentum, thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations and atomic and nuclear physics
  • Fields and their applications
  • Practical techniques

Careers

Through studying physics, students develop new ways of looking at the world and new thinking skills. These thinking skills can be applied to many other disciplines. Students who study physics have great job prospects and end up in all sorts of interesting jobs because of their broad training and adaptability.

Many students with physics qualifications go on to have successful careers in the space and/or aerospace industries, medicine, technology, engineering, research and development, the stock market, transport, teaching and/or IT and software industries.