Girls say A-level physics is: ‘’Too difficult.”

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A recent study has shown that not many female students study A-level Physics. Many girls claim that the course is ‘’Too difficult’’.

BBC’s Newsbeat reported that an A-level Physics class at Amersham School has 11 pupils, only 2 of them are female. “I had ambitions of being a pilot, so having physics is good for that. I do enjoy the subject. It’s not too difficult yet.” Stated one of the girls.  Lizzie Doyle( a student at the school) thinks she has sussed out the reason for the low figures of female A-level students:                  “A lot of it is maths based and there’s lots of mechanics. Girls tend to be interested in things like the solar system.” Although best friends Jody Trigg and Megan Paye (both aged 16) say that the subject is too difficult to study at A-level.                                              “It’s fun and I’m not put off by the fact there are more boys,” says Megan. “I just found the maths bit hard.”Jody adds, “Programmes like The Big Bang Theory and Professor Cox have helped but it got difficult for me so I went for another option in the end.”

The IOP (Institute of Physics) state that nearly half of all British state schools didn’t have any girls studying A-level Physics in 2011, but research shows that students from an girls’ school are two and a half per cent more likely to study A-level Physics. The IOP want to change that as it is reported that in the last 20 years only 20% of the people studying A-level physics were girls. The Institute says that many high paid jobs are slamming their doors to girls because of this lack of physics.

Kelly Gordon who teaches and runs the science club at Amersham School explains; “I agree we should be pushing more girls to go into science. We’ve certainly been doing that here and there has been an increase in interest.”

What do you think, should girls be given more encouragement to study Physics and eventually equal the boys statistics?

By Gemma

Year 7

BHS Newsroom