Students carrying out Physics experiments


Physics remains one of the most important subjects that any pupil should endeavor to study in the high school. The principles or laws of physics explain most of the phenomena that we experience every day. Physics explains the existence of our universe, matter and energy. Studying physics enables you to have access to career opportunities in fields such as engineering, medical physics, astronomy, metrology, computer science, electronics, telecommunications, teaching and research.

The physics department at Kent College Dubai aims to ensure that the subject content is relevant to real world experiences and is interesting to teach and learn. We offer our pupils engaging and interesting lessons using technology and other modern teaching methods. A variety of assessments such as class work, homework, project work, quizzes and end of unit tests will be used to track progress of our students at all key stages. Assessments at GCSE and AS/A-Level physics will be designed to enable our students confidently engage with questions and prepare for exams.

Key Stage 3

Pupils study physics as a component of the Key Stage 3 science programme designed for Years 7-9. The physics topics taught at this stage include energy, and forces and electricity, which help pupils familiarise themselves with concepts and skills required in GCSE physics. We have resources to help our pupils develop their knowledge, from understanding to application, and pupils have an opportunity to support and consolidate physics concepts by doing practical work. The textbook for this course is Exploring Science: Working Scientifically by Mark Levesley.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Pupils study the new AQA GCSE specification as a separate science, building on a solid foundation from Key Stage 3. Pupils sit all their exams at the end of the two-year course. Pupils study the following topics: energy, electricity, particle model of matter, atomic structure, forces, waves, magnetism and electromagnetism and space physics. The textbook for this specification is AQA GCSE Physics (Third Edition) by Jim Breithaupt. In addition, pupils have access to the digital version of the textbook, lessons and assessment resources on their Chromebooks.

Key Stage 5 (A level)

The AQA AS/A-level physics specification is a two-year programme that allows pupils to do exams at the end of AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and A-level courses. Pupils study the core content that includes the following topics: measurements and their errors, particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and materials, electricity, further mechanics and thermal physics, fields and their consequences and nuclear physics. Optional topics offered at A-level only allow pupils to focus on their areas of interest in astrophysics, medical physics, engineering physics, turning points in physics and electronics. The department continues to develop its own resources to ensure that pupils doing this specification succeed in their learning and examinations. The textbook for this specification is AQA A-Level Physics (2nd Edition) by Jim Breithaupt.

Head of Physics: Deous Kumwenda
I graduated from the University of Malawi in 2001 up to 2012 taught Physics in three international schools in Malawi among them Kamuzu Academy, a prestigious international school in Africa. In August 2012, I left Malawi for Ghana to take up the position of Principal Physics Teacher at Ghana International School, where I taught KS 3, IGCSE and A-level Physics. I am an enthusiast of 21st-century learning and a believer in transformational leadership philosophy. My special interests include astronomy, environment, science fairs, reading, travelling and sports.


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