GCSE PHYSICS Year 9-11
The GCSE Physics course is covered over 3 years of study with students sitting external exams at the end of year 11.
Students study a range of Physics concepts with practical science at the core of all lessons to develop the skill of working scientifically to build a deep understanding of science with our students. This includes the development of scientific thinking, Experimental skills and strategies, Analysis and Evaluation; and the development of Scientific vocabulary
A Level Physics
Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of. They probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience.
A-level Physics lasts two years, with exams at the end of the second year. The table below shows the topics covered in each year.
Physics, like all sciences, is a practical subject.
Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:
- investigating interference and diffraction of laser light
- measuring acceleration due to gravity
- investigating systems that oscillate
- investigation of the links between temperature, volume and pressure
- safe use of ionising radiation
- investigating magnetic fields.
These practicals will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way things
behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Physics-based subject at
university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.
There is no coursework on this course.
However, your performance during practicals will be assessed.
There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Physics are based on what you learned in your practicals.