Physics GCSE

Future EngineersPhysics is taught as a separate subject and is available as a single subject GCSE after work in Years 9, 10 and 11. We offer the AQA course, leading to single award Physics. This option is favoured by universities and gives a better grounding for students going on to study A-level Physics over the Dual Award. At the start of Year 10 Higher achievers are currently offered the opportunity to study the AQA Certificate Level 1/2 which is the equivalent of an iGCSE. The courses run parallel to each other covering similar content, though iGCSE is deemed to be a more challenging course. All units are examined at the end of Year 11. Students studying GCSE Physics will also undertake an internally assessed practical unit within class time but under exam conditions. All students are stretched beyond the syllabus with extension material designed to reinforce the use of physics in the world around us.

Examination Board



Unit Type Name  
P1 Written Paper Energy, waves and the Universe 25%
P2 Written Paper Forces, motion, electricity, radiation, atoms and stars 25%
P3 Written Paper Medical applications and making things work 25%
ISA Practical Investigative Skills Assessment 25%

AQA Certificate (iGCSE)


Unit Type Name  
Paper 1 Written Paper Knowledge Understanding and application 50%
Paper 2 Written Paper Knowledge, understanding and application with more
emphasis on experimental and investigative skills

In all years there is a mix of theory and practical work, with opportunities for individual research, discussion and experimentation. Lessons are varied and make good use of several types of media, software, simulations and data logging equipment. The Department has three well equipped laboratories; all have wireless communications, multi-media projectors and Smart Boards which can be used for sophisticated animations and interactive activities. There is also a dedicated Science computer laboratory and a full set of laptops which allow extensive use to be made of ITC, especially in the collection and processing of experimental data.