Senior School

GCSE Physics

Science A 4405/Additional Science 4408/Physics 4403

Pupils are placed in one of four academic sets. Sets 1 and 2 will work towards 3 Science GCSEs. These sets move at a faster pace and typically contain around 23 pupils. Sets 3 and 4 will work towards 2 Science GCSEs. These sets have more time to explore more difficult concepts. Set 3 will generally contain around 20 pupils, and set 4 typically contains about 15 pupils.

S3 (Year 9)

There is one double period per week in S3/Y9 (plus 40 minutes homework). The GCSE course is started this year, and all pupils study material from P1.

S4 (Year 10) & S5 (Year 11)

S4/Y10 and S5/Y11 have one double period (1h 10min) and one single period (35min) per week (plus 1h homework).
There are 4 parts to the Physics GCSE course (P1, P2, P3 and course work).  Science and Additional Science students will complete P1, P2 and the Coursework sections.

P1:One Hour written paper 25%

How is energy transferred and which heating processes are important?
How can we improve energy efficiency?
How do we pay for the electricity we use?
How do we generate electricity?
What do waves tell us about the universe?

P2:One Hour written paper 25%

How do forces affect the way things move?
How do forces transfer energy?
What is static electricity?
How does electricity behave in circuits?
How is electricity used in the home?
What is radioactivity?
What are the uses of nuclear fusion and nuclear fission?
What happens in stars?

P3:One Hour written paper 25%

What are the medical applications of Physics?
How does Physics describe more complicated motions?
How do electric motors work?
How do transformers work?
Further mechanics

Coursework 25%

All pupils will undertake two Controlled Assessments with their physics teacher. Each has two parts:
Section 1 is a 45 minute test relating to research performed previously by the pupil.
Section 2 is a 50 minute test relating to a piece of practical work performed previously by the pupil on a related topic.
Pupils will also have to analyse secondary data.

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