■ Physics

Physics is taught as a separate science by subject specialists from Year 9 onwards. We follow the Edexcel IGCSE Physics course. All students study it to the end of Year 11. The majority of students take a Physics IGCSE along with separate IGCSEs in Chemistry and Biology.

A small number of students take a dual award Science IGCSE which includes a paper on each of the three sciences but only leads to two IGCSEs grades. The Physics course covers Mechanics, Electricity, Waves, Energy, Kinetic Theory, Electromagnetism, Radioactivity and Astrophysics.

At A Level we follow the OCR Physics A specification. This can lead either to a Physics AS taken after one year or a Physics A level taken at the end of the course. In the first year the students study Mechanics, Materials, Electricity, Waves, and Atomic Physics; in the second year we cover more Mechanics along with Heat, Fields, Nuclear Physics, Medical Physics and Astrophysics.

Head of Department

Dr Nigel Dowrick joined Benenden in 1994 as a physics teacher; he has been Head of Department here for about 20 years.



Teaching Staff

  • Dr N J Dowrick, MA, DPhil (Oxon), PGCE
  • Mr D Challoner, MPhys (Kent), PGCE, MA (Canterbury)
  • Mr M Commander, BEng (Cardiff)
  • Ms S Stevens, BSc (Liverpool), MBA (Aston), PGCE (Liverpool)
  • Mrs W Grosvenor

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