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pass rate every year in A Level Physics









Department vision:

'The Physics Department aims to prove to students that Physics is the most beautiful of the science subjects. We aim to break down any barriers to progress by ensuring students are taught to the highest level and given the greatest opportunities to achieve highly.’'

Department Statistics:

  • GCSE Physics: 57% A*-A
  • A Level Physics: 47% A*-A, 68% A*-B
  •  A Level Physics: 100% pass rate every year


The Physics Curriculum at GCSE is dictated by AQA and covers a diverse range of concepts. Most of these build on areas learned in Years 7 to 9 and are then built on further in the A Level.       



Key Stage 3

Students are in their Teaching Groups in Year 7 to 9 and study the three sciences, often taught by one or two of our specialist teachers. We follow our own Rickmansworth School Science Scheme of Work which incorporates the National Curriculum for Science.

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum is designed to give students the fundamental building blocks of knowledge in a range of topics across biology, chemistry and physics. Throughout their time they will develop the practical and analytical skills of a scientist ensuring they have every opportunity to succeed in their GCSE and in a science career.

Each topic is accompanied by an end of topic assessment, and students complete a larger end of year examination to give an overall judgement of their achievement.

Students study seven hours of Science every two weeks.


Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 curriculum

In Triple Science students are studying towards an individual GCSE in Physics. The exam board is AQA.

Across the course students will study and explore a diverse range of topics, including:

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism
  • Astrophysics

Key Stage 5

Students study AQA Physics, a fantastic course that covers a great range of key concepts in physics. Topics covered include:

  • Wave and quantum behaviour
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Nuclear physics
  • Thermal physics
  • Gravitational, electric and magnetic fields

Extra-Curricular & Trips

The Physics Department runs many trips, and have many guest speakers in for lectures and workshops across all year groups. Examples of past activities include:

  • Trip to CERN, Geneva for the Large Hadron Collider
  • Trip to Physics in Action lectures in London
  • Trip to Joint European Torus in Oxfordshire to support the nuclear fusion section of the course
  • Lectures on many topics including Nuclear Fusion, CERN and Astronomy