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Physics Exam Information

GCSE

Course Content

Students choose to do either International GCSE Double Award or single subject Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

Course Structure

In years 9, 10 and 11 a course is taught leading to the Edexcel IGCSE. Students taking Double Award Science are taught 10 periods of science per two week cycle; in Year 10, 3 lessons of Biology, 4 lessons of Chemistry and 3 lessons of Physics; in Year 11, 3 lessons of Biology, 3 lessons of Chemistry and 4 lessons of Physics. Single subject IGCSE Physics is taught in five periods per cycle.

Reading and Resources

Textbooks will be issued according to the course content, some additional reading suggestions are: Focus magazine, New Scientist, Why does E=mc2?

Exam Boards:

Physics: Edexcel International GCSE

Science Double Award: Edexcel International GCSE

A Level

Course Content

Lower Sixth

  • Measurement and errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and Materials 
  • Electricity

Upper Sixth

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics
  • The option: Astophysics, medical physics, turning points, engineering

Course Structure

Internal exams will be sat at the end of year 12 which will cover units 1 to 5, which will include practical questions, as there is no practical coursework in the A-Level. After 2 years of study students will sit three 2 hour papers covering units 1 to 8, a compulsory practical section and an optional topic.

Entry Requirements

Students will have achieved a minimum of an A in Physics GCSE or AA in Double Award Science.  A* in Physics GCSE or A* in the Physics component of Double Award Science are the recommended entry requirements.

Reading and Resources

Text books will be Issued depending on the course content, some suggestions for additional reading around the subject are:

  • “A Short History of Nearly Everything” - Bill Bryson
  • “Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman?” - Richard Feynman
  • “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out” - Richard Feynman
  • “A Brief History of Time” (or “A Briefer History of Time”, which is supposed to be a more simple read) - Stephen Hawking

Exam Board: AQA