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 A-level, the objectives of the Physics department are:
- To place Physics in an historical context, whilst keeping a keen eye on current cutting-edge research;
- to place emphasis on the development of independent learning skills and allow pupils the opportunity t make, and to learn from, mistakes before their consequences become serious
- To provide a structure for the most able to access A* grades, and for the less able to progress to the best extent to which they are capable, through a combination of classroom support and independent learning
The department is staffed by fully-qualified specialist Physics graduates who bring not only subject expertise but a real enthusiasm for their subject to enrich their teaching.