St Columb's College


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 of 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.

KS3 Level

At KS3 Physics is delivered as part of a balanced Science course to years 8 and 9. In year 10 pupils study the 3 science disciplines as sperate subjects, taught by specialised subject teachers in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

GCSE Level

At GCSE, years 11 and 12, students study Physics both through the CCEA Double Award Science Specification and the CCEA Single Award Science Specification.
Through studying these CCEA GCSE Science qualifications students gain knowledge and understanding of science and its power and limitations. In this course, students:
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 problem-solving 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

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


  • Mr V Doherty (Head of Subject)
  • Mr R McGilligan (Technican)
  • Ms E Bowerman
  • Ms E Kerr
  • Mr D Smyth
  • Mr N O'Donnell

Courses Offered

CCEA GCSE Double Award Science
CCEA A-Level Physics