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
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.
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%