The Physics Department at Dubai College has both an outstanding record of academic achievement and also enjoys being one of the most popular subjects in the school. Our resources are excellent and limited only by our imagination. There are currently six full time physics teachers who teach across the entire age and ability range. Our aim is to deliver an academically stimulating program that has a strong practical component.
Students follow a two-year Key Stage 3 course with four lessons per week, normally taught by one member of staff as combined Science. The course is based on ‘Exploring Science’ by Pearson, but has bespoke opportunities for enrichment (such as the COBIS SciComp competition, CREST Awards and open-ended projects) built into the curriculum.
Teaching materials are designed to both lay a firm foundation and to enthuse a genuine passion for science. The course integrates both the key concepts in all of the sciences as well as the idea of ‘working scientifically’ as per English National Curriculum requirements, and is supported by both a hard copy textbook and online ‘Active Learning’ website material.
Our GCSE course is the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Physics (1PH0). It is taught by subject specialists from Year 9 to Year 11. All of the assessment takes place at the end of Year 11 in two 1 hour and 45 minute examinations. All students are expected to take the Higher Tier paper which allows them the opportunity to attain grades 4 up to 9. All students are provided with a textbook, revision book, practical workbook, and topic workbook which are specific for the course.
Our GCE A Level course is the Pearson Edexcel GCE Physics (9PH0). Each class is normally taught by two teachers who both have three lessons per week. All of the assessment takes place at the end of Year 13 where students sit three examination papers that total six hours. All students are provided with a textbook, revision book, workbook, and practical workbook which are specific for the course.
What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?
A good teacher at Dubai College has equal measures of passion for their subject and a comprehensive subject knowledge. The combination of these two factors lays a firm foundation for imaginative and stimulating teaching.
What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?
We want our students to leave Dubai College with more questions than they arrived with, their expanding knowledge should propel them to be more inquisitive and more demanding of the world around them.
In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?
There are no barriers here. Our students ignore all the normal academic boundaries that can hold so many aspiring scientists back. They are willing to undertake any task no matter how large or daunting it may seem.
Who or what inspires you?
Richard Feynman, Carl Sagan, Bill Nye, Double-blind studies.
Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.
I value happiness above all other things.
Mr S Briggs, Head of Physics