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St Gabriel’s

St Gabriel’s

Physics

Physics has become rooted in everyday life and can be said to be ingrained in our psyche. From the development of sustainable forms of energy, the diagnosis and treatment of cancer to development of earthquake prediction devices, physics plays a key role in the advancement of both technology and society. 

The course has a strong practical emphasis and aims to develop problem-solving ability through discussion work and practical experience. Girls are expected to embrace challenges, experiment with the unknown and, above all, enjoy a practical approach to the sciences.  We pride ourselves on being ‘hands-on’, open and engaging and expect all students to leave lessons inspired and with the skills to challenge those around them. “Leave having learnt something new” is central to our ethos. 

Teaching methods will be varied and will include teacher-led, small group work, student presentations, discussions and problem-solving exercises.  Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and assessed through the written papers at the end of the course. 

Students are required to actively participate and become engaged within this subject by reading around the topics taught, watching the media for science related stories and documentaries and by researching and extending their subject knowledge online.  

The exams include multiple choice sections, structured questions and extended response questions.  There is no coursework component.