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Aims & Philosophy of the Physics Department

The Physics Department at Queen Margaret’s aims to make Physics an accessible and interesting subject for all girls and to ensure each is able to make positive progress. This is done by providing challenging and interesting courses that encourage both girls and staff to think imaginatively about Physics. Girls are empowered to be actively involved in all stages in their learning, and are provided with support and encouragement to help them develop the tools for learning through Physics. We work diligently to support the girls’ development of initiative and independence in their work while also encouraging cooperation and teamwork. Lastly, we provide opportunities for girls to develop the skills necessary to apply their knowledge and understanding of Physics to life outside the classroom.

Overview of Key Stage 4 Curriculum

At Key Stage 4, Physics is taught as two different specifications, depending on the girls’ ability. Girls following the Certificate in Physics course (iGCSE) will study a variety of topics in detail. These include Forces and their effects, Waves, Light and Optics, Heating processes, Energy and Efficiency, Electricity, Motors, Generators and Transformers, Nuclear Physics and the life cycle of stars.
Girls following the Additional Science course will study Chemistry and Biology alongside their Physics course and will be awarded 2 GCSEs in Core Science and in Year V, Additional Science. This course includes topics similar to those addressed within the iGCSE course, but in less depth.

What makes the department unique from those at other schools?

The Physics department at QM encourages independence of thought and challenges each girl to understand the fundamentals of the world around her.

Teaching is regularly accompanied with trips and visits to Universities for lectures appropriate to Year groups, as well as visits to see Physics in action at power stations and other industrial sites.

A dynamic and enthusiastic team of teachers introduce the courses through stimulating lessons and the Head of Department is an experienced examiner with AQA.

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