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Physics GCSE

All three separate subjects taken together at Key Stage 4 represent a balanced science course, and this is the best foundation for the further study of these subjects at Advanced Level.

Year 11

There are four main areas of study in this part of the course:

                   Force and Motion




Many ideas and concepts studied during Years 8 – 10 are developed upon.

Year 12

There are three main areas of study in this part of the course:

                   Waves, Sound and Light

                   Electricity and Magnetism

                   Earth in Space

The examinations for the work in Year 11 and 12 are in June of Year 12. Unit 1 and Unit 2 are each worth 37.5% of GCSE Physics.

The Practical Assessment is worth 25% of GCSE Physics and it takes place in two parts: a practical examination in class and a written examination at the end of Year 12.

Many topics in this course are likely to involve experimental work finding your body’s power output, exploring the relationships between forces and accelerations (sometimes involving fieldwork at Alton Towers) and electrical circuit investigations.


Scheme of Assessment

Year 11 examination 37.5%

Year 12 examination 37.5%

Practical Assessment 25%

Physics is useful for many careers including optometry, forensic science, medical physics, nuclear science, biophysics, architecture, astrophysics, building and land surveying and all types of engineering (aeronautical, civil, electrical, marine, mechanical and structural). It is advisable to check the latest university course requirements.

If you are considering a STEM career, it is recommended that you study all three sciences to maximise your options for 'A' level and for university courses.

Futher details of this course can be found at the Revised GCSE link on