Faculty: Science
Subject: GCSE Physics
Subject Leader: Mr Hopkins
Staff: Mr Timney, Miss Cassidy

Key Stage 4 Physics

Physics is the branch of science concerned with the study of the nature and properties of matter and energy across the universe. We look to inspire our students to be curious about the world around them while developing within them the ability to be think scientifically, including the ability to analyse and interpret evidence and data.

We provide a range of practical experiments over the duration of the course to help enthuse our students while developing the skills they need to be the scientists and engineers of the future should they wish to.

A Physics qualification provides the necessary skills to follow any science-related profession. It is also accepted for non-science careers and is seen as a qualification that develop the ability to solve complex problems and is therefore a useful qualification to have in any job application.

We follow the AQA syllabus which includes the following modules:

  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)
  9. Key Ideas

With the exception of Physics Unit 8 – Space Physics, all students study all the topics listed no matter which route they take, though those studying Triple Science will study extended versions of each topic. Within each topic are higher and foundation tier objectives.

Key Stage 5 Physics

Exam Board and Entry Requirements

AQA A – modules will be examined in June of Year 13 through three 2 hour papers covering both subject knowledge and practical skills. Papers include a mixture of short, long and multiple choice questions. There is no coursework at A-Level. Practical and experimental skills are assessed through the final exams.

Entry requirements are two Science GCSEs and Maths at minimum grade 5 in the higher tier paper, preferably grade 6.

Course Content

The course builds on topics studied at GCSE and introduces some new topics. To gain a full A-Level, students study nine modules. Module 1 deals with the basics of measurement and error analysis. Module 2 introduces ideas about particles, radiation and quantum phenomena. Module 3 deals with wave motion including stationary waves. Module 4 focuses on materials and builds on ideas about forces and motion. In module 5 you will study electricity. Module 6 involves a study of circular motion and builds on GCSE ideas about thermal physics.  Module 7 deals with gravitational, electric and magnetic fields. In module 8 students study nuclear applications. The final module is an optional module. Students at Trinity take the astrophysics option. Practical Physics is studied and developed throughout the course through the completion of series of required practical experiments. Knowledge and understanding of these is assessed through the final examinations.

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Contributions to SMSC

  • Lessons on contamination by radioactive waste.
  • Renewable energy sources.


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