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Extra Curricular 

In this section you will find a selection of information on how to take your interest in Physics further and opportunities to get involved in outside the classroom

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Further reading

Further reading

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The following books and magazines are great reads to further your knowledge in Physics and Science in general

Magazines and journals:

Physics World- The Institute of Physics own magazine covering current Physics research and latest developments

New Scientist- Reports  on current developments from across the world of Science

BBC Science News- the latest news in Science from around the world

Science Daily- Website featuring the latest Science developments, with an specific area for Physics research

Non- fiction:

A Short History of Nearly Everything- Bill Bryson

Brief history of time- Stephen Hawkins

Now: The Physics of Time- Richard A. Muller

Storm in a teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Six Easy Pieces- Richard P. Feynman


Iain M Banks- Culture Novels. The Culture series is a science fiction series written by Scottish author Iain M. Banks. The stories centre on the Culture, a utopian, post-scarcity space society of humanoids, aliens, and advanced artificial intelligences living in socialist habitats spread across the Milky Way galaxy.

Isaac Asimov- Robot Series. This series of short stories and novels featuring positronic robots are set in the first age of positronic robotics and space exploration. The unique feature of Asimov's robots are the Three Laws of Robotics, hardwired in a robot's positronic brain, which all robots in his fiction must obey, and which ensure that the robot does not turn against its creators

Further watching
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Further watching

YouTube Channels

Minute Physics

Short animated videos, quickly explaining a variety of Physics concepts, many studied at A Level: 



Animated videos on a range of Science topics. A lot of the Physics ones are directly relevant to the course







Videos on a range of interesting Science questions




Earth's future has been riddled by disasters, famines, and droughts. There is only one way to ensure mankind's survival: Interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of our solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, a planet that may have the right environment to sustain human life.


Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.

Apollo 13

A movie based on what was to be the third lunar-landing mission. This film shows the trials and tribulations of the Apollo 13 crew, mission control, and families after a near-fatal accident cripples the space vehicle. A mission that couldn't get TV airtime because space flights had become routine to the American public suddenly grabbed the national spotlight.

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s.

2001: A Space Odyssey

The film follows a voyage to Jupiter with the sentient computer HAL after the discovery of a featureless alien monolith affecting human evolution. It deals with themes of existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

The film is noted for its scientifically accurate depiction of space flight, pioneering special effects, and ambiguous imagery. 

Y12 CERN trip

Y12 CERN trip

Every year students in year 12 have the opportunity to visit the Large Hadron collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Students will have a tour of the facilities and get to hear about current research from scientists working at CERN.  

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Crest awards
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Crest Awards

Y12 students can join the Particle Physics Society meeting on Wednesday afternoons where they will have the opportunity to complete a Gold CREST Award. To find out more about CREST awards follow the below link

Crest awards website
Physics Olympiad

Physics Olympiad


Students in early year 13 will have the opportunity to compete in the British Physics Olympiad with the potential to be selected for the UK team to represent the UK in the International Physics Olympiad.

Students interested in taking part in this competition should practise past paper questions prior to the event. These also make great practise for those aiming for the top grades at A Level.

Careers in Physics
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Careers in Physics

Taking A Level Physics opens up a huge range of post-18 opportunities to you including apprenticeships and university courses. The below selection gives you a few ideas where a Physics based degree or apprenticeship might take you. For further information on careers, training and work experience opportunities in Physics visit the Institute of Physics website

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