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GCSE Physics Course

What board do we do? Edexcel iGCSE Physics.

What is Physics?
The branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. The subject matter of physics includes mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms.

What are the key aims?
The course offers students the opportunity to experience physics within the context of their general education. The course design provides a basis for progression to further study in GCE Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level Physics.

The Edexcel International GCSE in Physics enables students to:

  • learn about the unifying patterns and themes of physics;
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of physical facts, concepts and principles;
  • appreciate the practical nature of physics, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques;
  • appreciate the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting as scientific methods;
  • develop a logical approach to problem solving in a wider context;
  • evaluate, in terms of their scientific knowledge and understanding, the benefits and drawbacks of real-life applications of science, including their everyday, industrial and environmental aspects;
  • select, organise and present information clearly and logically, using appropriate scientific terms and conventions;
  • prepare for more advanced courses in physics and for other courses which require them to have a knowledge of physics.


This Edexcel International GCSE in Physics requires students to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • forces and motion;
  • electricity;
  • waves;
  • energy resources and energy transfer;
  • solids, liquids and gases;
  • magnetism and electromagnetism;
  • radioactivity and particles.

These are assessed in two papers:

Paper 1(untiered), 2 hours: 66.7% of the total qualification marks.

Paper 2 (untiered), 1 hour: 33.3% of the total qualification mark.

The course is linear. That is, both examination papers need to be taken in the same year.

There is no coursework in this course. Students' practical skills will be assessed in the two examination papers at the end of the course. Throughout the year, students carry out practicals once a week and are embeded in the teaching of theory. This ensures that the development of knowledge and skills can happen together. There are some practicals in the specification content, which students need to describe. Knowledge of these practicals, and the ability to interpret the resulting data, is required for the examinations.

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