Physics Department

The Physics Department is part of QIS’s Secondary Science Department, which is the second largest Secondary department. Students who take the subject at IAL often go on to become  physicists, engineers and computer scientists, as well as practitioners of the other physical and biomedical sciences. Some even go into the financial services industries, typically after studying at top universities around the world. This year, approximately 90% of our students at iGCSE achieved grades A* to C, and students often move on to the iAS Physics course.

At QIS, students study the Edexcel iGCSE Physics course. This is a two-year course and students will be taught four lessons of Physics per week, with assessments at the end of Year 11. This course has eight units, with four of the units taught in Year 10 and the other four to be completed in Year 11. Students will sit two examination papers, which consist of a mixture of multiple choice, short answer, calculation and longer response questions.

At IAS students follow the International Pearsons Edexcel syllabus. Students study three units at IAS. Unit 1 is assessed in January and units 2 and 3 in the summer.

At IAL students study a further three units. Unit 4 can be sat in January, and units 5 and 6 are sat in the summer.

The Physics Department contains experienced subject specialists with many years of experience. Each teacher has their own classroom located in our well-resourced Science block that includes a support team of highly experienced laboratory technicians.

The inclusive education that the department provides helps to prepare our students for the challenges of today’s globalised society. Departmental emphasis is placed on outstanding lessons and supporting students as they flourish to fulfil their potential. We encourage pupils to learn how Science is logical, and to enjoy gaining insight into scientific ideas that contribute to technological development and global society’s progress. Students discover the subject’s cultural significance and applications, therefore they thrive on their value as a global citizen.

Mrs G. Hendriks, Head of Department, and Mr M. Baker, Deputy Head of Department.