GCSE Physics

Physics is the study of the universe and as such it focuses on a range of topics like energy, forces, waves, and the structure of atoms. Studying Physics at GCSE links to careers that need science but also can inform you about matter and energy and concepts about time, and space. It covers a diverse range of skills, such as maths, problem-solving, and the communication of complex ideas, that are needed in fields such as science, engineering, education, medicine, law, and business.

Exam Board: AQA

This qualification is linear which means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Content Overview

1. Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; Atomic structure; Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; Space physics

Assessment Progress Map for KS4

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A-Level Physics

A level Physics gives you the opportunity to explore the phenomena of the universe and to look at theories that explain what is observed.  This subject combines practical skills with theoretical ideas to develop descriptions of the physical universe.  You will learn about everything from kinematics to cosmology and many recent developments in fascinating topics, such as particle physics. If you are interested in the limits of space, the beginning of time and everything in between this is the subject for you. Physics is more than a subject – it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries.

Exam Board: OCR

Students sit exams at the end of the A Level course and practical skills be assessed in written form and throughout the course.

Subject Content

Development of practical skills in physics; Foundations in physics; Forces and motion; Electrons, waves and photons; Newtonian world and astrophysics; Particles and medical physics.

Students gain practical skills throughout the course. These are assessed in the written examinations and in the practical endorsement.

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