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GCSE Physics Years 9, 10 and 11

Specification

AQA GCSE Physics: The specification and assessment structure can be found at the link: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

What will I study?

The course consists of 

What Skills and Qualities are required?

How will I learn?

 

How will I be assessed?

 

Where could it lead?

 

Additional requirements/information

 

Year 09

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1 Matter

Density of materials

Changes of state

Internal energy

Practical work

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations

2 Matter

Temperature changes in a system and specific heat capacity

Changes of state and specific latent heat

Particle motion in gases

Pressure in gases

Increasing the pressure of a gas

Practical work

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations

Spring Term
1 Atomic Structure

The structure of an atom

Mass number, atomic number and isotopes

The development of the model of the atom

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations
2 Atomic Structure

Radioactive decay and nuclear radiation

Nuclear equations

Half-lives and the random nature of radioactive decay

Radioactive contamination

Background radiation

Different half-lives of radioactive isotopes

Uses of nuclear radiation

Nuclear fission

Nuclear fusion

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations

Summer Term
1 Energy

Energy stores and systems

Changes in energy

Energy changes in systems

Practical work

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations
2 Energy

Power

Energy transfers in a system

Efficiency

National and global energy resources

Practical work

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations

Year 10

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1 Electricity

Standard circuit diagram symbols

Electrical charge and current

Current, resistance and potential difference

Resistors

Series and parallel circuits

Direct and alternating potential difference

Mains electricity

Power

Energy transfers in everyday appliances

The National Grid

Static charge

Electric fields

Practical work

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations

2 Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Poles of a magnet

Magnetic fields

Electromagnetism

Fleming's left-hand rule

Induced potential

Uses of the generator effect

Practical work

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations

Spring Term
1 Waves

Transverse and longitudinal waves

Properties of waves

Reflection of waves

Sound waves

Waves for detection and exploration

Practical work

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations
2 Waves

Types of electromagnetic waves

Properties of electromagnetic waves

Uses and applications of electromagnetic waves

Lenses

Visible light

Emission and absorption of infrared radiation

Practical work

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations

Summer Term
1 Space Physics

Our solar system

The life cycle of a star

Orbital motion, natural and artificial satellites

Red-shift

Practical work

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations

2

Motion

Distance and displacement

Speed, Velocity, Acceleration

Stopping distance

Braking distance

Reaction time

Practical work

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations

Year 11

  Topic Further details about the topic Skills
Autumn Term
1 Forces

Scalar and vector quantities

Contact and non-contact forces

Gravity

Resultant forces

Work done and energy transfer

Forces and elasticity

Moments, levers and gears

Practical work

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations

2 Forces

Pressure in a fluid

Atmospheric pressure

Practical work

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations
Spring Term
1 Forces

Newton's First Law

Newton's Second Law

Newton's Third Law

Momentum is a property of moving objects

Conservation of momentum

Changes in momentum

Practical work

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations
2 Revision

 

Practical work

Literacy – key terms

Equations and calculations
Summer Term
1 Revision

 

Exam skills

Assessments

Resources Topic Type of assessment
CAT 1

Matter

Written Test
CAT 2

Matter, Atomic Structure and Energy

End of year examination
CAT 3

Energy, Matter, Atomic Structure, Electricity

Written Test
CAT 4 Energy, Matter, Atomic Structure, Electricity, Electromagnetism Written Test
CAT 5 Energy, Matter, Atomic Structure, Electricity, Magnetism, Waves

End of year examination

CAT 6

Energy, Matter, Atomic Structure, Electricity, Magnetism, Waves, Space Physics

Written Test
CAT 7 All Paper 1 topics - Energy, Matter, Atomic Structure, Electricity Mock examination
CAT 8 All Paper 2 topics - Magnetism, Waves, Space Physics, Forces and Motion Mock examination

Main Resources

Resource Details Term
Text books

AQA Science Physics new GCSE (Oxford University Press)

All
Recommended reading

GCSE Physics AQA revision guide by CGP

GCSE Physics AQA revision guide (Oxford University Press)

All
Recommended websites

www.kerboodle.com (all pupils will have a login to this resource)

gcsephysicsonline (login needed ask your Physics teacher)

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

GCSE BBC Bitesize

www.s-cool.co.uk

www.my-gcsescience.com

isaacphysics.org

Echalk.com

All
Equipment Pens, pencils, rulers, calculator All

Enrichment opportunities

Activity Day and time or term
Year 11 Revision sessions From April
Ogden Trust Physics competition Spring Term of Year 9
IoP Physics competition Summer term of Year 9

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