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City of London

School for girls

The aim of the Physics Department is to provide a supportive and stimulating environment where students can learn, investigate and enjoy the wonders of our physical world.


The physics department provides a vibrant, interesting and enjoyable atmosphere for all students at all levels. The staff here have great passion and enthusiasm for the subject, which is immediately transferred to lessons and students; making physics an extremely successful subject through all the year groups at City.


Year 7 - 8

In Year 7, students follow a physical science course, which looks at the physics and chemistry of energy, colour, electricity, energy resources and the solar system through a variety of practical investigations and teacher support.

Once in year 8 students study a variety of physics topics including density, light, static electricity, pressure and sound.  Again, we approach teaching new physics concepts through practical investigations and teacher support.

Years 9 -11

In Year 9 students start the GCSE (9-1) Edexcel physics course, which is continued through year 10 and into year 11. This is a linear course and all examinations are taken at the end of year 11. The details of the modules we cover are:

Year 9

  1.       Thermal energy
  2.       Work, efficiency and power
  3.       Materials
  4.       Forces
  5.       Refraction of light

Year 10

  1.       Motion graphs
  2.       EM spectrum
  3.       More thermal energy
  4.       Electricity
  5.       Moments
  6.       Mains electricity

Year 11

  1.       Nuclear and particle physics
  2.       Astronomy
  3.       Magnets and the motor effect
  4.       Induction and transformers

topics may not be covered in this order


The A level physics course aims to sustain and develop their enjoyment of, and interest in, physics. Students develop an understanding between theory and experiment, and appreciate the development of physics and current applications in society. They recognise the quantitative nature of physics and understand how mathematical expressions relate to physical principles, as well as bringing together knowledge of ways in which different areas of physics relate to each other. 


GCSE: GCSE (9-1) Edexcel Physics course
A Level: Edexcel


The department organises interesting speakers each year in an attempt to inspire and enrich the students love of the subject. Recent speakers include:

  • Simon Singh - The Big Bang
  • Dr Melanie Windridge - Powering the future
  • Professor Peter Kalmus - The discovery of w and z particles
  • Professor Averil Macdonald - Fantastic plastic
  • David Broadie - Ice, rock and beauty
  • Brian Foster - String theory and the music that inspired Albert Einstein

There is also an option to travel to Geneva to take in the culture of this stunning city and visit the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The trip is a great benefit for any pupils taking physics at university, but also for those who have a desire to find out about the heart of current physics research.

"You get to learn more in depth about each topic, which is really interesting and the experiments are really fun - especially the dancing sand experiment." Lisanne

Head of Department: Mr M Wilkinson