Physics A Level

Head of Department: Mr Simon Arthur

Physics helps students to understand how everything works, giving answers to the biggest questions and having them backed up by solid evidence. The Physics Department strongly believes in the value of active participation to aid learning and this underpins our teaching at every level. Practical work is at the core of our teaching.


What do you do in Physics?

At Ipswich School we follow the OCR-A Physics specification at A Level. This course begins by giving you a solid grounding in the fundamental skills associated with Quantities, Units and Measurements. Year 12 students then complete work on Forces and Motion, Materials, Electricity, Waves and Quantum Physics. Year 13 begins with Gas Laws, Circular Motion, Oscillation, Gravity and Cosmology. The course is completed with topics on Capacitance, Fields, Particle Physics, Radioactivity, Nuclear Physics and Medical Imaging. Alongside this material, you will be assessed on your ability to complete a series of standard practical tasks; in the Sixth Form you will also have the opportunity to use more advanced equipment.

The Physics Department makes a great effort to offer a rich variety of activities beyond the curriculum. You will have the chance to participate in our many trips to lectures; in Year 12 you may visit the Diamond Light Synchrotron in Oxfordshire, while in Year 13 there is the chance to visit the Large Hadron Collider (CERN) in Geneva. You are also encouraged to help out with other Physics events so that you can enthuse younger pupils and also enhance your university applications.

The department runs two clinics per week and these are used to support students who have questions with subject knowledge. If you are a more able student you will have the chance to study for a practical project qualification and enter Physics Olympiads.

To be successful at A Level Physics, you are strongly advised to take A Level Maths as well.


Exam Results

Average of the A Level results in Physics achieved by Ipswich School students over the most recent three year period (2016, 2017 and 2018)

Physics - % A*- B = 62%