In Year 9 we start the Edexcel IGCSE specification. At the end of Year 9, pupils opt for whether they will study:
Physics as IGCSE separate science in Years 10 & 11 or Physics as part of
IGCSE Science (Double Award) in Years 10 & 11(these options and what they entail are outlined to the students during Year 9 assemblies and Year 9 science lessons).
IGCSE separate science – Physics
The International GCSE’s in Physics (as in Chemistry and Biology) aims to impart a systematic body of scientific knowledge and facts, and an understanding of scientific concepts, principles, themes and patterns. Students will develop experimental skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques, and will learn to form hypotheses and design experiments to test them. Experimental knowledge will be tested in the written examination papers. IGCSE physics is a separate qualification, and is assessed via two exams and graded 9 to 1. There is NO coursework element.
Potential Sixth Form Scientists should seriously consider this option, as recent research suggests those who follow the separate physics/science route are more likely to achieve the higher grades at A-level.
IGCSE Science (Double Award) – Physics
The Edexcel International GCSE in Science (Double Award) specification is assessed via three papers – Chemistry, Biology and Physics. The results of these papers are averaged and from this, students are awarded two International GCSE grades from 9 to 1. Covering a systematic body of scientific knowledge and facts, concepts, principles, themes and patterns, it is designed as a two-year course for teaching in international schools and colleges and UK independent schools and follows on from our Year 9 subject content.
AS & A Level
The AQA Physics course provides a structure within which you learn about fundamental physical concepts and about Physics in technological settings. A primary aim of the course is to show how Physics is practised and used today. Equally important, however, is to show the usefulness of the subject and to illustrate the kind of impact which discoveries in Physics have had on the way people live.
The Physics course is a stepping stone to future study, which is why it has been developed by AQA in consultation with universities to ensure it allows students to develop the skills universities want to see.
This approach has led to a course that will inspire students, nurture a passion for Physics and lay the groundwork for further study in science or engineering, as well as providing useful transferable skills for any other career path.
We believe that Physics is fundamentally an experimental subject. The AQA course provides numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip students with the essential practical skills they need.
To provide knowledge of Physics suitable for a wide range of degree and career choices by:
developing the ability to learn independently;
enabling the understanding of the processes of scientific enquiry;
developing a range of skills, including use of ICT, numeracy and communication.
To develop the students' interest by:
stimulating their curiosity;
placing the subject in context through “how science works”;
providing depth and challenge.
To make the course enjoyable by:
using a wide range of teaching and learning styles through up-to-date resources;
experimenting and demonstrating the concepts covered, rather than just reading about them.
THE A LEVEL COURSE
The AQA course consists of the following compulsory topics:
1. Measurements and their errors
2. Particles and Radiation (to be supported by a trip to CERN in Geneva)
4. Mechanics and Materials
6. Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
7. Fields and their consequences
8. Nuclear Physics
Plus one option from;
10. Medical Physics
11. Engineering Physics
12. Turning points in physics