Physics Student Community – South West

Target Audience: students from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset who stand out for their achievement in and/or enthusiasm for physics.

Format: three face-to-face and two online enrichment sessions led by EMS spread throughout the year.

Aim: to provide students, that might otherwise be isolated, with a community of like-minded peers to explore challenging and interesting physics.

How to get involved:  Email  Students remain on the MSC programme until Year 11 and so we can accept nominations for any year group and can make offers of places at any time, should capacity permit.

Capacity: 64 (16 per year)

The PSC is a rolling programme for students from Years 9-11.

Our aim is to bring together and inspire able physics students from across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, forming a community of learners who will work together, share ideas, attend masterclasses and receive mentoring; delivering a fascinating insight into the exciting field of physics!

Teachers frequently identify students within their settings who stand out from the crowd and who can find themselves working in isolation.  Our aim is to bring these students together, to enable them to work with peers who are similarly able and motivated, to provide stimuli which will deepen and broaden their appreciation of physics and its related fields and to demonstrate how physics relates to their lives.

It is our intention to support students throughout their secondary school career, regardless of whether or not they decide to apply for a place in our sixth form.

How it works

Students joining the PSC-SW participate in a series of enrichment days at Exeter Maths School, supplemented by a couple of online sessions!

During the enrichment days students will take part in masterclasses and workshops.  They will be  introduced to Physics beyond the normal curriculum and will be encouraged to think about, debate and explore challenging concepts and ideas.

How to join

This programme is teacher nominated only; we cannot accept applications from students directly. Please email to make an enquiry about a late nomination.

If you are already part of the PSC, you will automatically be moved up into the next year group, year on year.

Date Time Venue
Monday 4 October 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Monday 15 November 1730-1830 Online
Monday 14 February 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Monday 21 March 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Monday 13 June 1730-1830 Online
Date Time Venue
Saturday 25 September 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Wednesday 24 November 1730-1830 Online
Saturday 22 January 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Saturday 14 May 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Wednesday 15 June 1730-1830 Online

Physics GCSE Enhancement Course

Target Audience: Year 10 and 11 students who are not yet working at the highest level (i.e. working at a 6/7, but capable of achieving an 8/9).

Format: Weekly hour-long online lessons delivered by EMS teachers after school hours. The Year 11 group begins in the autumn term with the programme concluding at February half-term.   The Year 10 programme begins in the spring term.

Aim: to enable students to achieve better GCSE grades than initially predicted and to therefore have greater opportunities in Further and Higher education.

How to get involved: Details of how to apply for Year 10 Students in the 2021-22 academic year will be posted here soon.

Capacity: 32 (16 per year group).

During a series of workshops and group sessions, students will have the opportunity to develop a deeper and more connected understanding of GCSE content.

Supported by EMS staff, students will be provided with the stimuli to broaden their application of Physics and its related fields, whilst supporting their development; thereby encouraging them towards further study of Physics beyond GCSE.

How it works

Students will attend online sessions during the autumn and spring (Year 11 cohort) and spring-summer (Year 10 cohort) terms.  Year 10 students return in the autumn term as they move into Year 11.

How to join

Details of how to apply for Year 10 Students in the 2021-22 academic year will be posted here soon.

Date Time Venue
Wednesday 22 September 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 29 September 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 6 October 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 13 October 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 20 October 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 3 November 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 10 November 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 17 November 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 24 November 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 1 December 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 8 December 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 12 January 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 19 January 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 26 January 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 2 February 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 9 February 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 16 February 1600-1700 Online
Date Time Venue
Wednesday 2 March 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 9 March 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 16 March 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 23 March 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 30 March 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 6 April 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 27 April 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 4 May 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 11 May 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 18 May 1600-1700 Online
Wednesday 25 May 1600-1700 Online

KS4 Physics Challenge

Target Audience: Year 10 and 11 students in the Exeter & East-Devon area.

When: Wednesday 16 February 2022, 1200-1600 – Venue tbc

Format: An afternoon with four rounds in a team-based inter-school competition.

Aim: to have fun, be challenged, enjoy Physics in a buzzy environment!

How to get involved: Physics teachers are emailed by EMS in the half term before the event takes place.

Capacity: 80 (20 teams)

KS5 Physics Challenge

Target Audience: year 12 and 13 students in the Exeter & East-Devon area.

Date: Wednesday 10 November 2021, 1200-1600 – Future Skills Centre, Exeter EX5 2LJ.

Format: An afternoon with four rounds in a team-based inter-school competition.

Aim: to have fun, be challenged, enjoy physics in a buzzy environment!

Capacity: 60 (15 teams)

How to get involved: Teachers – Click here to register your teams.

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