Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences: From the smallest constituents of the atom to the largest structures in the universe, Physics has something to say about it all.

Physics isn’t just a collection of theories and facts, however: it is a way of thinking about the world. The skills acquired through the study of Physics are highly sought after and, as a result, Physicists can be found in a broad range of careers – from industry to finance and beyond.

Departmental Aims

From the moment we are born we yearn to learn about the world. Through the process of play children quickly discover how the environment around them operates and develop an understanding of the physical world. We are all, at heart, inquisitive; what science does is to formalise and develop this process, through the exploration and development of theories.

Physics challenges students to think critically about the subject in a variety of contexts: from the demands of classical mechanics to the evolving uncertainty of particle physics. Through experiments, demonstrations and open-ended discussions students develop many important skills, including analysis, evaluation, problem solving, teamwork and ICT. These skills involve the development of higher level thinking and, as a consequence, Physics is commonly regarded as one of the most prestigious subjects offered within schools: It is hardly surprising that Physics is such a highly sought after qualification.

The study of Physics is essential for a wide range of careers in science, technology and engineering and highly desirable in many others. Physicists can be found in a many other vocations, however. The analytical nature of the subject makes it ideal for careers in finance and economics. Physicists can also be found in areas as diverse as management and law. Physics is a wonderful facilitating subject, opening up a multitude of options, whilst closing no doors in the process.

At Marlborough we believe in returning to the basics. Just as children love to explore, we believe in helping our pupils rekindle the joys of discovery. Through this process science becomes more than just a subject – it becomes a journey, along which our pupils grow and develop. By challenging pupils to confront their own perceptions we prepare them for a world which is constantly changing, and doing so at an increasing pace. Physics, in short, is about the future.