GCSE Physics encourages students to gain knowledge and practical experience about the underlying principles of how things work – from electrical circuits via X-ray machines to fairground rides.

Its structure allows opportunities for co-teaching and flexibility in curriculum planning because of unit overlaps with the GCSE Science A, Additional Science and Further Additional Science specifications.

It can count towards the Science component of the English Baccalaureate if students enter any three of the four separate sciences – GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science – and attain grades A* to C in at least two of them.

Online Homework & Practice Tests:

GCSE CORE Physics:

If you are unsure about how to access & use these tests, please speak to any of your science teachers.

A Level


Examination Board:     AQA

Specification:                 7407 ‘AS’ Level, 7408 ‘A’ Level

Course Leader:              Mrs K Ward

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What Will I Study?

Physics is at the forefront of our everyday lives and is constantly expanding human understanding of the world in which we live. It is a subject which underlies the everyday functioning of the physical world and mastery of the topics and skills allow a deep understanding of the intricate interconnectivity of the Universe.

Students study the following 5 units for AS Level for which there are 2 exams, each worth 50% of the AS Grade.

AS Level

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

To complete the A Level qualification the students will also study the following 3 units and 1 additional unit from the options which will be jointly agreed between the teacher and the cohort. There are 3 exams.

A Level

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics

Optional Units:

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics
  • Electronics

Entry Requirements

Students should hold a minimum of 2 Grade B’s in Science at GCSE 1 of which must be Physics, as well as a Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics.


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Where Next?

Physics A level is a highly sought after qualification and is applicable to many Higher Education courses. It is an excellent A Level to have if you are intending to pursue a career in any type of Engineering, Telecommunications, Medical Physics, Research, or Manufacturing, and is widely accepted in apparently unrelated disciplines such as Banking, Finance and Insurance to name but a few.

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