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Devonport High School for Girls

Name of Head of Department

Mrs J Bremner BSc (Hons)

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 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 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 is delivered. Separate science students follow all of units 1, 2, 3 and 4 .

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website GCSE Physics specification 

Combined sciences

Combined science students follow specific elements of units 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Practical skills are assessed throughout the course and are reviewed as part of the final examination series..

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy Specification

Extra-curricular activities 

The Physics Olympiad which aims to encourage the study of Physics and recognise excellence in young physicists through four annual Physics competitions.

Field visits to a theme park and any other venues as opportunities arise for enrichment.

Go-4-set project; a 10 week Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Project.