Subject Intent: Why Physics?

Physics develops key transferrable skills through the study of the universe from the smallest to the largest scales. Some of the highest skills shortages in Yorkshire are in STEM and our curriculum is designed to develop scientific methodology, awareness of the advances of technology and recognition of the value of Physics in society so that students can go on to enjoy careers in fields such as engineering (mechanical, structural and civil), geophysics and radiation protection.

What will I study?

Year 12
  • Waves, including the strange things that happen when waves meet.
  • Particles and radiation, including antiparticles, quarks and quantum phenomena.
  • Mechanics and materials, including projectile motion and collisions.
  • Electricity, including resistivity and superconductivity.
  • Practical skills
Year 13
  • Further mechanics, including oscillations and circular motion.
  • Thermal physics, including gas laws.
  • Fields and their consequences, including electrical fields, capacitors, gravitational fields, orbits, magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction.
  • Nuclear physics, our knowledge of the nucleus and its application.
  • An optional unit, ‘Turning points in Physics’, which builds on a range of the physics studied in earlier sections.


Please note: Subject videos have been filmed from colleges across our Trust.

What are lessons like in this subject?

New content is shared in small chunks to support students in their understanding. After the initial explanation, the understanding of the material is then deepened through problem solving, group work and analysing exam questions. Physics is a very hands on subject so whenever there is opportunity to do so, the learning of new content is supported with demonstrations or practical investigations. In addition to discovering new material we will also spend part of our lessons on content that we have already covered. Retrieval practice is the most effective way to ensure that we are prepared for the examination and this will be a part of every lesson. We hope to offer the opportunity to visit the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. This is a hugely popular and successful trip where students get to speak to scientists at the cutting edge of particle physics.

What our


Physics is always so interesting, even when it's challenging. The ideas we study can always capture the imagination and make you want to find out more. Its really fun to learn about, and the teachers always provide support to help you understand it.

Bethan Horrigan, Maltby Academy

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