Key Stage 4
Grammar and Syntax
At GCSE Physics we follow the AQA specification. Link to AQA website.
This is a wide-ranging course which provides sound depth suitable for progression to A level. It also requires knowledge of practical scientific principles to facilitate coursework. Our pupils continue to develop their scientific skills base, engaging with scientific enquiry in the pursuit of greater understanding of the world and their place in it.
The department aims to stretch more able pupils in Lower Line with the provision of challenging, thought provoking and inspirational teaching in class, supplemented by extension work in studies.
We teach exam specifications “from above”, with GCSE pupils often tackling questions and ideas which might appear on papers at AS level. Extension work includes participation in the British Physics Olympiad competitions (LFI), run by Oxford University; an annual visit to “GCSE Science Live” for Grammar/Syntax triple science pupils (past speakers have included Prof. Robert Winston, Prof. Jim Al-Khalili, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock); Electronics GCSE (BOC); Astronomy GCSE (FOR); Robotics including international competitions (JBI)
Topics covered at GCSE include:
- Electricity and magnetism
- Forces and motion
- Waves and communication
- Earth, space and the universe
- Energy resources and energy transfer
- Radioactivity and atomic physics
Assessment is by two 1 hour and 45 minute written papers, which students sit at the end of the 2-year course. Each paper assesses half of the course content and is worth 50% of the total GCSE. The papers include a variety of questions including mutiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.