Name of Head of Department
Mr C Moore, BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE
Introduction to the department
The Physics department at Devonport High School for Girls covers Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Key Stage 3 is a 2 year course that forms the foundations for Key Stage 4 AQA GCSE Physics that starts in year 9. For those who choose combined science rather than separate sciences, the department also offers Combined Science Trilogy Physics at GCSE. Students can continue into A level Physics regardless as to whether they have chosen Physics as a separate GCSE or the Combined Science Trilogy, both courses provide a firm foundation for Key Stage 5 in Physics. The AQA A Level Physics course is delivered. Enrichment opportunities may include the Physics Olympiad in year 13, and any additional opportunities which arise during the course.
Students studying GCSE or A Level Physics are encouraged to use the Kerboodle resources which support the courses and are available to all.
Key stage 3 (Year 7 and 8)
Years 7 and 8 are divided into three modules each. In year 7, energy and measurement, electricity and the effect of forces.
In year 8, it is waves, magnets and electromagnets, and extended forces.
Key stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11)
AQA GCSE Physics specification 8463 is delivered for Separate Science students.
Combined Science students follow specific elements of the Separate Science course.
Practical skills are assessed throughout the course and are reviewed as part of the final examination series.
Field visits to a theme park and any other venue as opportunities arise for enrichment.
Go-4-set project; a 10 week Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Project.