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Compulsory subject

Triple Science: Physics

Level: GCSE Examination board: AQA Specification: 8463

GCSE course outline

GCSE Physics is a broad course which provides students with the core skills required to progress to further studies in Physics.

During the course students will study 8 components:

  1. Energy
  2. Electricity
  3. Particle model of matter
  4. Atomic structure
  5. Forces
  6. Waves
  7. Magnetism and electromagnetism
  8. Space physics (physics only)

Skills required

Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding; understanding of the nature, processes and methods of physics; observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills; ability to evaluate claims based on critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Assessment method

Practical skills:

Students complete a set of specific practical investigations throughout the course that demonstrate an understanding of laboratory safety and techniques which will be examined via 15% of the written exam questions addressing their practical knowledge and understanding.


Two examinations are sat at the end of Year 11. Each examination is 1 hour 45 minutes in duration. Students can sit Foundation or Higher Tier for both examinations.

Paper 1: Chapter 1-4, 100 marks, 50% GCSE

Energy; electricity; particle model of matter; atomic structure

Paper 2: Chapter 5-8, 100 marks, 50% GCSE

Forces; waves; magnetism and electromagnetism; space physics

Both papers include multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

Post 16 opportunities and careers

A level Physics is a very popular course in the Sixth Form at LVS Ascot that links well to this GCSE.

Wide range of degrees and careers within the areas of Aeronautical Engineering; Agricultural Science; Astronomy; Engineering; Medicine; Computing; Environmental Science; Forensic Science; Ocean Science; Radiography.

Physics is a really challenging subject with high demands on intellect and mathematical skills. It's practical and fun as well though! Clare

Get in touch

For more information contact the Head of Physics.

Name: Dr Satya Sookhun

Email: Satya.Sookhun@lvs.ascot.sch.uk