Physics GCSE

GCSE Physics gives students knowledge about the ideas and laws controlling the behaviour of things that make up the physical world around us. Physics looks at mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism and the structure of atoms. This subject requires a good knowledge of maths.

Course Content

This is the linear 9-1 GCSE qualification. A linear qualification means that students must sit all their exams at the end of the course in June. The qualification can be taken at either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier. The lessons will involve a mixture of classroom based lectures and practical lessons in our specialist science laboratories.

Students will study the following topics

  • Energy

  • Electricity

  • Particle model of matter

  • Atomic structure

  • Forces

  • Waves

  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

  • Space physics

The course is assessed by two written exams, each worth 50% of the final marks. The exam questions will be a mixture of multiple choice: structured; closed short answer and open response questions.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade D / 3 to include GCSE Science.

Duration and Delivery

1 year, four hours a week, this GCSE can only be studied as part of the Full Time GCSE course.


A-Level Physics or a Level 3 vocational qualification in science.

Additional Information

Exam Board: AQA Specification: GCSE Physics AQA 8463

Key handouts and materials are provided however you might wish to purchase a text book or a lab coat to support your studies.


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