The material of Physics spans (literally) the totality of what can be imagined, from the smallest sub-atomic particle to the structure of the universe itself. As such, it can be argued to be the most fundamental science of all. The disciplines of Physics – observation, interpretation, theorizing, testing, creating a knowledge framework that allows predictions to be made and thereby to distinguish between tenable and untenable ways of explaining the way the material world works – are the rigorous disciplines of the mind that make physicists employable in every walk of life.
Many careers in industry, engineering and technology demand that its protagonists are qualified in Physics. Knowledge of Physics will enrich the study of the other sciences as well as Mathematics. The rigours of its disciplines support those of other analytic subjects such as Economics or Law. This alone is merely a materialistic argument for the subject; stronger even than this appeal to utility is the enrichment that an understanding of the physical world brings to living a full life in a world of fast-moving technological development.
At GCSE, the Department’s objectives are:
- To pass on subject knowledge with enthusiasm
- To help pupils to recognise the principles of Physics in everyday contexts
- To encourage young physicists to communicate within their subject
- To encourage debate about how an understanding of Physics may influence the impact of modern technology on the environment
- To stretch the most able pupils to reach the highest grades in GCSE Physics, and to provide a valuable and memorable learning experience for those less likely to progress on to the A-level course
- To provide an attractive and stimulating working environment within a well-resourced department
- To introduce pupils to challenging concepts such as the Big Bang theory and the vastness of the universe
- To make use of the facilities of the University of Kent for “Totally Ballistics” and “Spectra” events
The Department boasts specialist Physics graduates. Learning is enhanced by the department’s proximity to and connections with the Physics Department in the nearby University of Kent to which pupils are regularly invited for talks or demonstrations.
For full details of the course structure and content see The Right Course.