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Physics GCSE

IGCSE Edexcel Specification

Why Study Physics?

The Edexcel International GCSE course offers pupils the opportunity to experience the excitement of Physics within the context of the modern technological world. You will study the underlying theories that build our understanding of how things work. 

There is strong emphasis on the use of practical work to underpin the theory element of the course and the investigative skills developed will support your learning across the wider curriculum. The course design provides a strong basis for progression to further study in Advanced Level Physics, however, the skills developed are also relevant to many other areas of study and employment including engineering, architecture, medicine, and finance.

You Will Study

Section 1: Forces and Motion: a) Movement and position, b) Forces, movement, shape and momentum

Section 2: Electricity: a) Mains electricity, b) Energy and voltage in circuits, c) Electric charge

Section 3: Waves: a) Properties of waves, b) The electromagnetic spectrum, c) Light and sound

Section 4: Energy Resources and Energy Transfer: a) Energy transfer, b) Work and power, c) Energy resources and electricity generation

Section 5: Solids, Liquids and Gases: a) Density and pressure, b) Change of state, c) Ideal gas molecules

Section 6: Magnetism and Electromagnetism: a) Magnetism, b) Electromagnetism, c) Electromagnetic induction

Section 7: Radioactivity and Particles: a) Radioactivity, b) Fission and fusion

Section 8: Astrophysics: a) Motion in the universe, b) Stellar evolution, C) Cosmology 


This Edexcel International GCSE in Physics comprises two externally assessed papers. Both papers include content from sections 1-8. There is no internally assessed practical work. 

Physics Paper 1 (Two-hour paper, 110 marks, 61.1% GCSE) 

Physics Paper 2 ( One-hour 15 mins paper, 70 marks, 38.9% GCSE)