Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it provides us with the answers to some of the most complex problems in the universe, but it also gives us the tools to explain everyday phenomena. Physicists combine a wide variety of skills, they are literate, numerate, can solve complex problems and are highly sought after by prospective employers.
The IGCSE course is studied over three years, starting in Shell (Year 9). The course covers a wide range of topics, giving pupils an excellent grounding for further study in the subject. In the Sixth Form we offer Physics at A-level.
The Physics department is housed within the recently extended and refurbished Science block and consists of four spacious, very well-equipped laboratories.
Practical work is at the heart of our approach to teaching Physics and we have an enviable stock of the latest equipment available, including class sets of touch screen data-logging equipment with a variety of sensors.
The Physics department offers an array of co-curricular opportunities, including participation in various competitions throughout the age groups for the British Physics Olympiad.
Students in the Sixth Form are encouraged to enter the Engineering Education Scheme, where they are tasked with solving a real-life engineering problem given to them by a sponsor company. Teams entered from Hurst have had a great deal of success in recent years, with regular appearances at the National Finals in this competition. Students also have the opportunity to enter teams for Gold CREST awards, as well as events such as the Electric Egg Race at the University of Brighton.
In addition, there are weekly extension sessions for those wanting to pursue Physics at university level and weekly Physics clinics for those needing extra support.