GCSE Physics

What is physics?


In short, Physics is the study of the physical world in which we live. It ranges from the smallest electrical circuits in your mobile phone, to the safety features of the car in which you travel daily, to the few hundred orbiting satellites providing you with television and weather warnings.

In addition to allowing young people to develop their curiosity about the physical world, GCSE Physics develops transferable skills such as problem solving and analytical skills. GCSE topics covered include Forces and motion, Energy, Radioactivity, Waves, light and sound, Electricity and The universe.

The GCSE course is assessed in three units: units 1 and 2 are assessed by written exam paper, worth 35% and 40% respectively. Unit 3 is controlled assessment, which is worth 25% and is based on practical skills and data analysis.


GCSE Physics provides a thorough preparation for the study of Physics and related courses at AS and A2 level.

It should also be noted that if a student plans to continue their study of Physics to A level, that a significant ability with mathematical skills would be beneficial.


There are too many to list here, but some examples of where Physics can lead are:

Radiographer, Geophysicist, Optician, Pilot, Sound technician, Science journalist, Telecommunications engineer, Weather forecaster, Software developer, Architect, Laser physicist, Air-traffic controller, Forensic physicist, Nuclear scientist, Photographer

For more information go to www.physics.org