Physics

At GCSE, Queen Elizabeth's School follows the Edexcel Science syllabus, with about 100 boys taking Physics as a separate subject each year. Teaching of this three year course begins in Year 9. At A Level, the OCR Physics A syllabus is adopted. 

Approximately 70 boys opt to study AS Level Physics each year and there are usually five sets in each of Years 12 and 13.

There is also a wealth of extracurricular opportunities for our Physics students including an enthusiastic participation in the Institute of Physics Challenges and Olympiad. We have had considerable success in the International Physics Olympiad in recent years, sending students as part of the British team to the international competitions in Copenhagen and Kazakhstan. There is an active Engineering club run by Sixth Formers which is open to boys from all years. We have a dedicated observatory on the roof of the main School building with a nine-inch reflecting telescope. Students are encouraged to take part in Headstart courses in Year 12 as well as undertake scientific work funded by Nuffield Bursaries and other summer programmes, such as the Senior Physics Challenge at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge. Year 12 students take part in a mentoring programme, helping students lower down the School with their studies in Physics.

Significant numbers of students opt to study Physics or Engineering at university, and we have sent Physicists to Oxford or Cambridge every year for the past few years to study Natural Sciences. There is always a very keen lunchtime club of Year 12 students who tackle challenging problems under the guidance of a staff member, some as preparation for Oxbridge entry and others just to extend their problem-solving skills.

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