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/physics8463
What will I study?
The GCSE course consists of 8 general areas of study which are taught as 8 topics over Yr9 to Yr11. You will learn about the world around you and how simple theories help to improve the world around you.
What Skills and Qualities are required?
To be successful at GCSE you need to be hardworking, analytical and resilient. You may not get the answer correct first time of trying but those who persevere will make good progress. You will require imaginative, logical and critical thinking to be able to complete investigative approaches. You will be expected to develop your questioning technique so that you can ask focussed questions to aid the teaching you receive.
How will I learn?
The courses emphasise explanations, theories and modelling in Science along with the implications of Science for society. Strong emphasis is placed on the active involvement of students in the learning process and the specifications encourage a wide range of teaching and learning activities, with particular focus on practical and mathematical skills. You will be provided with home access to an ebook specifically designed with the new examination format in mind as well as having access to traditional textbooks in the classroom.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed via a range of means throughout the course. CAT’s will be completed as per the school’s assessment calendar but you will also have weekly homework, quizzes and presentations to complete. You will be expected to actively and sensibly participate in 10 required practical tasks throughout the course.
At the end of the course there will be 2 written examinations worth 100 marks each. These examinations will be made up of a mixture of multiple choice, short answer, extended response, mathematical and practical base.
Where could it lead?
GCSE physics naturally leads to A level Physics, which is the core A level for Degrees in Physics, all Engineering courses and Medicine. However, it is also a good supporting GCSE for other A levels such as maths and the other sciences.
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 Halflives and the random nature of radioactive decay Radioactive contamination Background radiation Different halflives 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 
Static charge Electric fields Standard circuit diagram symbols Electrical charge and current Current, resistance and potential difference Resistors Series and parallel circuits Direct and alternating potential difference 
Practical work Literacy – key terms Equations and calculations 
2  Magnetism and Electromagnetism 
Mains electricity Power Energy transfers in everyday appliances The National Grid Poles of a magnet Magnetic fields Electromagnetism Fleming's lefthand 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 Redshift 
Practical work Literacy – key terms Equations and calculations 
2 
Motion 
Distance and displacement Speed, Velocity, Acceleration Scalar and vector quantities Contact and noncontact forces Gravity Resultant forces 
Practical work Literacy – key terms Equations and calculations 
Year 11
Topic  Further details about the topic  Skills  

Autumn Term  
1  Forces 
Stopping distance Braking distance Reaction time 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  Forces 
Work done and energy transfer Forces and elasticity Moments, levers and gears 
Practical work Literacy – key terms Equations and calculations 
Spring Term  
1  Forces 
Pressure in a fluid Atmospheric pressure 
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 (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) 
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 