Physics

Physics is an exciting subject in which you will learn about everything from the smallest sub-atomic particles inside atoms up to the huge galaxies that populate our universe. How fast can a cheetah run? How does a rocket work? What is lightening? These are just some of the questions that will be answered throughout the course.

Both GCSE and A-level Physics have a series of core practical tasks which will be completed across the duration of the course. You will learn to develop a wide range of skills such as research, group work, data analysis and many more alongside developing your Physics knowledge.

KS4 – Physics

The content is split into fifteen topics across two exam papers. Students will study these topics across three years in preparation for their GCSEs.

The topics of study are as follows:

Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics

Topic 2 – Motion and forces

Topic 3 – Conservation of energy

Topic 4 – Waves

Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum

Topic 6 – Radioactivity

Topic 7 – Astronomy

Topic 8 – Energy - Forces doing work

Topic 9 – Forces and their effects

Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits

Topic 11 – Static electricity

Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect

Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction

Topic 14 – Particle model

Topic 15 – Forces and matter

A full specification can be found on the Edexcel website in the Physics via:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/Edexcel_GCSE_L1-L2_Physics.pdf.

KS5 – Physics

The Physics A-Level follows the OCR two-year linear course. The content is split between three synoptic exam papers which have a multiple choice section and a long answer section.

The modules are:

  • Forces & motion
  • Electrons, waves and photons
  • Newtonian World and astrophysics
  • Particles and medical physics

The full specification can be found on the OCR website

Head & teacher of Physics: Carl Sced:   scedc@ashlawn.org.uk