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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. The examination in June of Year 11 is worth 35% of GCSE Physics.

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 examination in June of Year 12 is worth 40% of GCSE Physics.

The Controlled Assessment will be carried out in Year 12 and it is worth 25% of the course.

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 35%

Year 12 examination 40%

Controlled 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 at 'A' level.

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