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Physics

In GCSE Physics you will learn about some of the most important discoveries and gain an understanding of how some of the latest advances have been made and verified.
What is Physics?

The world we live in has been completely transformed by the scientific developments of the last 200 years. In GCSE Physics you will learn about some of the most important discoveries and gain an understanding of how some of the advances were made and verified.

What will I study?

We want to help develop an interest in and an enthusiasm for Physics. GCSE Physics students are given the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning. In addition to developing an understanding of scientific concepts, the course is designed to develop students’ ability to apply ideas and evaluate information.

GCSE courses have changed. Starting from 2017, the new GCSE results are scored from 1 – 9, with a level 5 being a good pass and level 7 equivalent to an A grade.

We will be following the OCR Gateway qualification. The content is divided into eight teaching topics. These are:

Topic Ideas covered /strong>
P1: Matter The particle model; changes of state; pressure in gases and liquids
P2: Forces Motion; Newton’s Laws; fields and forces causing changes
P3: Electricity Static and charge; simple circuits; electrical current, potential difference and resistance
P4: Magnetism and magnetic fields Magnets and magnetic fields; uses of magnetic fields
P5: Waves in matter Behaviour of mechanical and electromagnetic waves; the electromagnetic spectrum
P6: Radioactivity Radioactive emissions; radioactive decay
P7: Energy Work done; power and efficiency
P8: Global challenges How objects are affected by external factors; electricity production; characteristics of planets

There is also a practical activity skills topic, P9 (students complete 8 key practicals); and the skills will be assessed in both exams.

Why should I study Physics?

GCSE Physics helps you to understand how the world works, from everyday things like microwave ovens and mobile phones, to the birth and death of stars and what happens inside atoms. It trains you to think logically and solve problems. It is great preparation for many careers including engineering, architecture, law, science and medicine.

How is it assessed?
Paper Modules Weighting Length
1 P1-P4, P9 Section A – multiple choice questions (15 marks)
Section B – structured questions including extended response (75 marks)
50% 1h 45 min
2 P5-P8, P9
(with assumed knowledge of Topics P1-P4)
Section A – multiple choice questions (15 marks)
Section B – structured questions including extended response (75 marks)
50% 1h 45 min
What do I need?

GCSE Physics requires an enquiring mind, a desire to see how things work and to uncover the basic rules that govern the universe. You should be a person who never accepts blindly what you are told but always looks for the evidence which backs it up. It helps if you can think logically and if you are good with Maths.

Notes/Reading List

OUP Textbook
OCR Gateway GCSE Physics Student Book by Helen Reynolds
ISBN: 978-0198359838

CGP New Grade 9-1 GCSE Physics: OCR Gateway Revision Guide with Online Edition (2016), ISBN: 978-1782945680

CGP New Grade 9-1 GCSE Physics: OCR Gateway Exam Practice Workbook (2016), ISBN: 978-1782945178

GCSE Physics at the best 6th form college in London

Related Subjects

Biology
Chemistry
Maths

“Before coming to DLD, I had never learnt Physics and I thought Physics was just another subject involving maths. Now after spending a year doing GCSE Physics I have a better understanding of the world, the universe and life. Question everything. The teachers care a lot about you and they answer all questions, even the deepest ones (the simplest ones are the deepest). I am so grateful.
Aliya Hendra – Current DLD Student

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