GCSE Physics

GCSE Physics

Exam Boards Covered: AQA, OCR, Edexcel, Educas

The GCSE Physics course enables pupils to acquire knowledge through facts, concepts and practical techniques surrounding the subject of Physics. Much of this subject is rooted in the study of matter, energy and the interaction between these two phenomena. Physics, like many other subjects, requires pupils to be able to apply knowledge of topics to unfamiliar examples and to contextualise ideas.

There are several different areas of physics that require the analysis of data from practical techniques and the ability to identify and use equipment to support evidence.

This course of study allows for the sound preparation of pupils for their GCSE examinations and for progression into A Level Physics.

Topics that are covered in our GCSE Physics classes include:

Forces and Motion

  • Movement and motion
  • Forces, shape and momentum


  • Energy, voltage and circuits
  • Mains electricity
  • Static electricity


  • Properties of waves
  • The electromagnetic spectrum
  • Light and sound

Energy Resources and Energy Transfers

  • Energy transfers
  • Work and power

Solids, Liquids and Gases

  • Density and pressure
  • Gas molecules
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnetism

Radioactivity and Particles

  • Radioactivity
  • Fission and fusion


  • Life cycle of a star
  • Differences between planets, moons and satellites
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Red Shift

Structure of the GCSE Physics Exam Papers

Typically, the structure of the exam for each exam board takes the form of 100% examination comprised of two examination papers. There are required practical’s that need to be learned which will appear as questions on the exam papers.

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