In the Sixth Form students have the option of studying Physics at Higher Level and Astronomy at Standard Level. Physics Higher Level is essential for future study in physics or engineering, but provides good preparation for any discipline in which the ability to reduce a problem to its essentials is important. It is recommended that Physics Higher Level is studied alongside Maths Higher Level due to the mathematical demand of the course.
Physics Higher Level is centred around five main concepts:
- Space, time and motion
- The particulate nature of matter
- Wave behaviour
- Nuclear and quantum physics
Students have the opportunity to study the world from the smallest to the largest-scale, developing their problem solving and practical skills as they do so.
Astronomy Standard Level allows students to pursue their interest in the large scale universe and centres around the four topics of stars, the planets, galaxies and cosmology. This course can be studies alone or alongside Physics Higher Level.