In the Sixth Form physics is offered at both Higher and Standard Level. Physics Higher Level is essential for further study in physics or engineering but both Higher and Standard Level are good preparation for any discipline in which the ability to reduce a problem to its essentials is important.
The core topics studied at both levels are: measurement and uncertainties; mechanics; thermal physics; waves; electricity and magnetism; circular motion and gravitation; atomic, nuclear and particle physics; and energy production. All pupils also study astrophysics as the optional component. In addition, Higher Level candidates study further wave phenomena; fields; electromagnetic induction; and quantum and nuclear physics. ICT is used extensively in data logging, data analysis and simulations and all pupils undertake an individual investigation of their own design.