Physics is sometimes described as the study of matter, energy, motion, and force and how they interrelate. Alternatively, it can be thought of as the study of the world around us and why it works in the way it does. This ranges from the tiny scale, such as the development of nano-robots, to the largest possible scale, the study of our universe.
Studying Physics helps us to understand our increasingly complex world in which technology, culture, inequality and environmental calamity advance at a rapid pace. Qualifications in Physics can also open doors to a host of future careers, from engineering and research to the less obvious such as business and finance. Amongst other attributes, studying Physics helps develop the following:
- A logical and numerate mind
- Problem solving skills
- Communication and study skills
- Practical skills and the use of IT
- Teamwork and flexibility
At Wycliffe we follow AQA GCSE and A level courses. These are taught mainly in two brand new, purpose built laboratories. The Department consists of three teachers: Mr Clements (Head of Physics), Mr Cadenhead and Ms Brasher as well as our award-winning technician Ms Banyard. It is the aim of the Department to ensure that Physics is taught through stimulating lessons using modern apparatus and IT facilities and to offer the opportunity for hands on practical work wherever possible.