GCSE physics

This subject is compulsory for all students

GCSE in Physics

Why study this subject?

Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences. Its usefulness is evident everywhere in high-tech products. Many of the technological advances in our modern society flow directly from physics laboratories, such as the many applications of lasers. Much of the equipment and technology used by other scientists and medical doctors were originally developed by physicists, including x-rays, lasers and MRIs. Physics is a compulsory subject at Key Stage 4. It is essential for gaining a broader understanding of our place in the universe and an appreciation of how the world around us works.

What will I learn?

Over the course of three years you will study energy transfers, efficiency and how electricity is generated. You will build on your Key Stage 3 understanding of light and sound and learn how we know the universe is expanding. You will also learn about forces and their effects, static and current electricity, nuclear physics, medical physics and the physics of everyday devices.

How will I be taught?

At the start of the GCSE course you will be set according to your ability and prior attainment. This will ensure appropriate pace and challenge in you learning and thus support you in achieving the best possible grade. Physics lessons have a strong focus on group practical work and developing analytical and data-manipulation skills.

How will I be assessed?

Your class work and homework will be regularly marked and feedback given will ensure you know how to improve your attainment. Regular tests will allow you to practise exam-style questions and improve your understanding of the course.

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

You will achieve either a GCSE in Physics or in Science.

What can this qualification lead to afterwards?

Physics will allow you access to any career or further education pathway. A GCSE in Physics supports opportunities for challenging and exciting careers in many professions. It teaches a wide range of transferable skills such as problem solving, analytical abilities, mathematical modelling, design and interpretation of experiments, research experience, and communication skills. The logical, analytical and numerical skills the course develops are required in a diverse range of careers, including finance, banking, sales, medicine, dentistry, engineering, manufacturing and many more.

Post-16 Progression

A-Level Physics is a popular and challenging A-Level course open to all who achieve at least a grade 6 in GCSE Physics. This supports applications to a number of degree options at University, including further study in the Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Law, Medicine, Finance and more.

How much homework will I have to do?

There will be one piece of homework set per week, but you are also expected to work independently to develop your knowledge and understanding of Physics.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

Speak to any member of the Science department.


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