What will I learn?

Through studying this course, you will develop the following:

  • An understanding of the forces that hold the universe together;
  • An understanding of the science beyond the nanoscale;
  • An understanding of the impact and ethical associations of science on the society around us;
  • An ability to explain the mechanics of everything from bicycles to space ships;
  • A respect for the scientific method and a respect for evidence;
  • Critical thinking skills.

What is the structure of the course?

All students will study the following core topics:
Measurements and uncertainties, Mechanics, Thermal physics, Waves, Electricity and magnetism, Circular motion and gravitation, Atomic, nuclear and particle physics, Energy production.

Higher Level students will also study these additional topics:
Wave phenomena, Fields, Electromagnetic induction, Quantum and nuclear physics.

In addition to this, HL students study one out of a choice of four additional topics. These are:
Relativity, Engineering particles, Imaging, Astrophysics.

Higher Levels

Part 1: Knowledge

Demonstrate knowledge of:

  • terminology, facts and concepts;
  • skills, techniques and methodologies

Part 2: Apply

Apply knowledge to:

  • terminology and concepts;
  • skills, techniques and methodologies.

Part 3: Formulate, analyse and evaluate

Formulate, analyse and evaluate: 

  • hypotheses, research questions and predictions;
  • methodologies and techniques;
  • primary and secondary data;
  • scientific explanations.

Part 4: Investigation 

Demonstrate the application of skills necessary to carry out insightful and ethical investigations.

How will I be assessed?


Higher Level

Part 1: Knowledge 

External – Paper 1 (1 hour) – 40 multiple choice questions (20% of final grade)

Part 2: Apply

External – Paper 2 (2.25 hours) – Data based, short answer and extended response questions (36% of final grade)

Part 3: Formulate, analyse and evaluate

External – Paper 3 (1.25 hours) – Data based, short answer and extended response questions (24% of final grade)

Part 4: Investigation

Internal (10 hours) – An investigation and write-up, usually 6-12 pages in length (20% of final grade)

Frequently Asked Questions

Which CAS opportunities are available?
Science Club, Extra-Curricular Trips, Debating Club.

Which opportunities for further study are available?
Studying Physics will open doors to many fascinating and rewarding careers and opportunities to study further. Physics will be the perfect starting point for opportunities in engineering, architecture, astronomy, design, finance, computer engineering, medicine, meteorology, geoengineering and many more.