Physics is the science that is of immediate relevance to everyday life, allowing you to make sense of many environmental and technological issues, whilst at the same time addressing momentous questions concerning the existence and properties of the Universe.
Much of the appeal of physics lies in the beauty of its logic. In addition it involves creativity since originality and imagination are vital for developing novel solutions to problems, theoretical explanations and experimental approaches.
Measurement and Uncertainties
Waves and Wave Phenomena
Electricity, Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction
Circular Motion and Gravitation
Atomic, Nuclear, Quantum and Particle Physics
In addition to the core topics, one option topic will be covered from:
- Engineering Physics
|Paper 1||Multiple choice questions (20%)|
|Paper 2||Short answer and extended response questions on theory content (36%)|
|Paper 3||Short answer and data analysis questions on the compulsory experiments; short answer and extended response questions on the Option topic (24%)|
|Internal Assessment||One extended practical investigation (20%)|
You will have the opportunity to design investigations, collect data, develop your manipulative skills, analyse results, collaborate with peers and evaluate and communicate your findings
Experimental skills will be developed by spending 10 hours on the collaborative Group 4 project and completing a programme of 40 hours of practical work in lessons. It will be assessed through an investigative task spanning a further 10 hours of Physics lesson time, and some aspects of experimental work will be examined in the formal written papers.
We suggest that you take Maths at at least Standard Level in order to follow the Higher Level Physics course.
Recent IB Physics results
|Entries (all HL)||5||9||3|
2019 Physics students university destinations
|Music||Kings College London|
|Financial Mathematics and Statistics||London School of Economics|
Medicine and Surgery
|History and Economics||Oxford|
|History of Art||Warwick|
|Motorsport Engineering||Oxford Brookes|
|Biomedical Sciences||University College London|
|Mathematics||University College London|