Physics GCSE

The course

The specification aims to improve scientific literacy – the knowledge and understanding which candidates need to engage, as informed citizens, with science based issues. The qualification uses contemporary, relevant contexts of interest to candidates, which are approached through a range of teaching and learning activities. Studying Physics as a single science provides an opportunity to develop an in depth understanding of science explanations, how science works and the study of elements of applied science, with particular relevance to professional scientists. GCSE Physics is suited to students who have an interest in science or wish to study Physics at A level.

Students receive 3 hours of tuition per week. Regular homework and tests mean students consolidate their intellectual and study skills and receive essential exam practice.

How is the course assessed?

Unit 1 · Physics 1

1 hour exam, 25% weighting

Structured and closed questions

At least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context

Unit 2 · Physics 2

1 hour exam, 25% weighting

Structured and closed questions

At least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.

Unit 3 · Physics 3

1 hour exam, 25% weighting

Structured and closed questions

At least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context.

Unit 4 · Controlled Assessment

25% weighting

Investigative Skills Assignment – two written assessments plus one or two lessons for practical work and data processing.

Reading

AQA GCSE Physics Student Book (AQA GCSE Science 2011)
By N. English
Published by Longman, ISBN 978-1408253830

Exam Board and Specification Codes 

AQA Physics 4403 (legacy)