Physics stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity and their interest in, and knowledge of, phenomena and events of the world around them.

Our overall aims are:

- To provide pupils with opportunities to acquire knowledge and understanding of major scientific ideas;

- To develop and equip pupils with scientific and practical skills needed to explore the scientific world;

- To appreciate the relevance Physics in an increasingly changing technological, cultural and economic world and help them contribute to its worldwide development;

- To encourage pupils to become independent learners;

- To maximise the potential of pupils, and assist their transition to tertiary level education;

- To provide a safe and learning environment.

Members of the Department

• Mr V Doherty (Head of Subject)

• Mr L Burns

• Ms E Kerr

• Mr B Glass

• Mr R Mc Gilligan (Technican)


At KS3 Physics is delivered as part of a balanced Science course to years 8, 9 and 10.

At GCSE, years 11 and 12, students study the CCEA Double Award Science Specification.

Through studying CCEA GCSE Science (Double Award), ( students gain knowledge and understanding of science and its power and limitations. In this course, students:

This specification aims to enable students to:

• develop their knowledge and understanding of the material, physical and living worlds;

• develop their understanding of the effects of science on society;

• develop an understanding of the importance of scale in science;

• develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the nature of science and of the scientific process;

• develop their understanding of the relationships between hypotheses, evidence, theories and explanations;

• develop their awareness of risk and the ability to assess potential risk in the context of potential benefits;

• develop and apply their observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problemsolving skills and understanding in laboratory, field and other learning environments;

• develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions both qualitatively and quantitatively; and

-develop their skills in communication, mathematics and the use of technology in scientific contexts

GCSE Science (Double Award) prepares students for further study and training. Many students with this qualification go on to study AS and GCE courses in Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology. Other students go on to complete Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education or Applied courses in science.

At A Level

We follow the GCE Physics specification ( The specification has a modular structure and students are required to study three modules at each level. The modules are listed below and are all compulsory:

AS Level

AS 1: Forces, Energy and Electricity

AS 2: Waves, Photons and Medical Physics AS 3: Practical Techniques

A2 Level

A2 1: Momentum, Thermal Physics, Circular Motion, Oscillations and Atomic and Nuclear Physics

A2 2: Fields and their Applications

A2 3:Practical Techniques

Physics is also studied in the Sixth Form as part of the AQA: Double Award Applied Science course The fundamental philosophy of this specification is that, in order to understand the nature of science, students must actively experience the science environment. This is achieved through a variety of approaches including work experience, links with local employers, case studies and research.