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 Edexcel 9-1 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. All units are examined at the end of Year 11, see below for details. All students are stretched beyond the syllabus with extension material designed to reinforce the use of physics in the world around us. The pupils will also be encouraged to participate in the British Physics Olympiad competition, in which they have had some impressive successes.

Examination Board

Edexcel 9-1 GCSE

Assessment

Paper 1

  • Written examination: 1 hr 45 mins
  • 50% of the qualification
  • 100 marks

Content Overview

  • Topic 1 - Key concepts of physics
  • Topic 2 - Motions and forces
  • Topic 3 - Conservation of energy
  • Topic 4 - Waves
  • Topic 5 - Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Topic 6 - Radioactivity
  • Topic 7 - Astronomy

Assessment Overview

A mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

Paper 2

  • Written examination: 1 hr 45 mins
  • 50% of the qualification
  • 100 marks

Content Overview

  • Topic 1 - Key concepts of physics
  • Topic 8 - Energy: Forces doing work
  • Topic 9 - Forces and their effects
  • Topic 10 - Electricity and circuits
  • Topic 11 - Static electricity
  • Topic 12 - Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Topic 13 - Electromagnetic induction
  • Topic 14 - Particle model
  • Topic 15 - Forces and matter

Assessment Overview

A mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

 

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.