For more information contact Head of Department:
Mr R Rawal - email@example.com
Brief introduction to subject:
Physics requires about one hour independent study for every hour of the subject taught per week, which equates to four to ﬁve hours per week. Pupils should also read around the subject in magazines and in the news. For example: BBC Focus, New Scientist or physics.org.uk.
Physicists have many skills; numeracy, research, data collecting, processing and evaluation. Physics gives you all the skills required in the workplace and in further education regardless of whether the career or course involves Physics.
Do you want to keep your options open? Engineering, Accountancy, Law, Medicine and Science careers can all follow from a qualification in Physics. It is an enjoyable and interesting course. There is a practical emphasis, showing the relevance of the subject to everyday life.
The key points of this specification are that:
It allows opportunities for practical work and individual study.
There are opportunities for effective personalised learning, target setting and for differentiated outcomes.
It builds on previous GCSE work.
What our students say
“It tells me how everything works from neutrinos to the universe.”
“It shows I have a brain – when it comes to a career or a university course they know I will be able to cope.”
Science - Grade 6-6 in Trilogy Combined or Grade 6 in Physics
English - Grade 5
Maths - Grade 6
Paper 1 - 34% - Written exam on Sections 1 – 5 and 6.1 (periodic motion)
Paper 2 - 34% - Written exam on Sections 6.2 (Thermal physics), 7 and 8. Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1
Paper 3 - 32% - Written exam. Section A: Compulsory section: practical skills and data analysis Section B: pupils enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13
Content 1 Measurements and their errors 2 Particles and radiation 3 Waves 4 Mechanics and materials 5 Electricity
Content 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics 7 Fields and their consequences 8 Nuclear physics
Plus one options from:- 9 Astrophysics 10 Medical physics 11 Engineering physics 12 Turning points in physics 13 Electronics
The specification has been developed for students who wish to progress to higher education or to the world of work, where understanding of physics will be a valuable asset.