Physics

Years 9, 10 & 11 – IGCSE Physics (0625)

This course can be taken only with IGCSE Biology and Chemistry.

(Cambridge International Examinations syllabus code 0625)

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Year 9 students at CRGS begin a three year IGCSE physics course which is examined at the end of Year 11.  Cambridge IGCSE Physics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of physics. Successful candidates gain lifelong skills, including:

 

  • Confidence in a technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters
  • An understanding of how scientific theories and methods have developed, and continue to develop, as a result of groups and individuals working together
  • An understanding that the study and practice of science are affected and limited by social, economic, technological, ethical and cultural factors
  • An awareness that the application of science in everyday life may be both helpful and harmful to the individual, the community and the environment
  • Knowledge that science overcomes national boundaries and that the language of science, used correctly and thoroughly, is universal
  • An understanding of the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and its application in other subjects and in everyday life
  • A concern for accuracy and precision
  • An understanding of the importance of safe practice
  • Improved awareness of the importance of objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness
  • An interest in, and care for, the environment
  • An excellent foundation for advanced study in pure sciences, in applied science or in science-dependent vocational courses.

Physics lessons make use of ICT facilities, practical work, demonstrations and discussion. The content and style of delivery forms a firm foundation from which to study the subject at A level. Physics is a useful option for students wishing to pursue careers in physics, engineering, medicine and environmental science.

A-Level Course (AQA A 2450)

This course is designed to provide a smooth transition from GCSE or IGCSE Physics to advanced study. It is designed to develop practical and investigative skills, provide scientific training and encourage the use of information technology. Discussions enable topics as diverse as 'Black Holes', 'Quarks' and 'Chaos Theory' to be explored.

It is essential that those hoping to succeed in A-level Physics should have obtained good passes in GCSE or IGCSE Science/Physics and Mathematics. It is desirable that Mathematics is taken alongside A-level Physics.

New A-Level Course (AQA 7407) (Year 12 2015/16)

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

Moving on to:

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear physics

Options (most students must study Turning Points. Highest achievers may select another option for self study)

  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics
  • Electronics

Assessments

AS

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A-Level (2016-17)

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A2-Level Course

Unit 4: Fields and further mechanics (20% of full A Level)

This unit is assessed using both multiple choice and structured questions

Unit 5: Nuclear and Thermal Physics + Option topic (20% of full A Level)

Top » 20% of students based on AS level marks can choose their option topic from:

A – Astrophysics

B – Medical Physics

C – Applied Physics

[D – Turning Points in Physics (taught unit)]

Unit 6: Practical Exam (10%)

This unit is assessed by a combination of practical tasks and questions on scientific method.

Beyond A-level

Physics graduates are employed in a wide range of industries, e.g. engineering, medical areas such as optics and medical physics, in meteorology, computing, materials development, the aerospace industry, telecommunications, energy industries, environmental protection, geophysics, alternative energy such as solar and wind power, noise control and transport engineering.

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