Key Stage 4 - Physics

Exam board: AQA Physics (8463)

Aims of the course

The GCSE in Physics offered at KSHS is in line with the AQA qualification.

The specification gives candidates the opportunity to:

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

Course content/structure

Students begin their GCSE course in Year 9 when they have 1 lesson per week of Physics. Students are allocated 3 hours per fortnight in Year 10 and 4 in Year 11 for their Physics studies.

The course is divided into 8 main topic areas:

  1. Energy
  2. Electricity
  3. Particle model of matter
  4. Atomic structure
  5. Forces
  6. Waves
  7. Magnetism and electromagnetism
  8. Space physics

Assessment Information

Paper 1 50% of final grade

Written examination 1 hour 45 minutes in duration covering topics 1 to 4: Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure. Student questions include multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Paper 2 50% of final grade

Written examination 1 hour 45 minutes in duration covering topics 5 to 8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics. Student questions include multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.