There are three Science departments, whose aim is to instil a love of science, to help our pupils see the importance and relevance of science in their world, and ultimately, to inspire them to follow a career in the sciences. We have high expectations of all pupils and, wherever possible, we deliver the curriculum using practical and investigative approaches.

From Year 9 onwards, the material in all three Science subjects is GCSE standard and all lessons are taught by specialist teachers. Lessons contain practicals where appropriate, so experimental and analytical skills can be developed.

Physics is an exciting subject which helps pupils to understand the world and universe around them. It challenges imaginations and introduces concepts that lead to great discoveries and technologies. It stimulates and challenges, and develops skills in mathematical and logical thought.

GCSE Physics

Edexcel specification for GCSE Physics In Physics, there are 5 overarching areas: Forces and Motion, Energy, Atoms, Waves, and Electricity. In Year 9, the topics are short to provide a foundation for further years. The topics are continued in Years 10 and 11, as part of a ‘spiralling curriculum’. From Year 9 onwards, the material is GCSE standard and all lessons are taught by specialist teachers. The lessons contain practicals when possible so experimental and analytical skills can be developed, as well as the mathematical techniques essential for success in the subject

Pupils sit two papers at the end of Year 11, both 1 hour and 45 minutes long. Each paper is worth 100 marks and 50% of the GCSE.

The SP codes below are consistent with the textbook for the course, ‘Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physics’, ISBN 978-1-292-12022-5.

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

SP1: Motion

The speed equation

Distance-time graphs





SP2: Motion and Forces (part 1)


Newton’s Laws of motion

Mass and weight

Air resistance


SP4: Waves

Wave basics


Ears and hearing




SP3: Conservation of energy (after the end of year exam)

Types of energy

Renewable resources

Non-renewable resources


(no KE or GPE equations)


SP2: Motion and Forces (part 2)

Stopping distances


Work and power

Kinetic energy


SP5: Light and the EM Spectrum


Ray diagrams


the EM spectrum

EM uses

EM dangers


SP6 Radioactivity (part 1)

Atomic models

Alpha, beta and gamma



Nuclear equations


SP6 Radioactivity (part 2)

Uses and dangers of radioactivity

Radioactivity in medicine

Nuclear fission

Nuclear fusion


SP7: Astronomy

The solar system

Gravity and orbits

Life cycle of stars

Red shift

Origin of the universe


SP8 & SP9: Forces and their effects



Turning moments


Circular Motion (SP2)


SP10: Electricity (part 1)

Electric current

Series and parallel circuits

Current, resistance and potential difference

Ohm’s Law

Charge and energy

Resistors and lamps

LDRs and diodes



SP10 & SP11: Electricity (part 2)


Transferring energy

Electrical safety


Dangers and uses of static

Electric fields


SP12 & SP13: Magnetism

Magnetic fields

The motor effect

Electromagnetic induction


The National Grid


SP14:The Particle model


Changes of state

Latent heat

Specific heat capacity

Energy calculations

Gas temperature, pressure and volume


SP15: Forces and Matter

Elastic behaviour

Hooke’s Law

Spring calculations

Gas and fluid pressure




A Level Physics

AQA specification for A Level Physics Physics is a highly regarded and respected subject at A Level. A Level Physics stimulates and challenges while developing skills in logical thought and mathematical rigour, thereby opening the doors to all sorts of courses and careers. The subject is valued by universities who rate it as a core facilitating subject, and it is either required or very helpful for many university degrees. All of the technology that surrounds us is based on the principles of physics, so for those considering working in any area related to technology, studying physics is an essential first step. It is no surprise that those with a background in physics are in demand by many employers.

The course is designed to form strong scientific investigative skills while introducing pupils to the wonderful world of Advanced Physics. Practical work is a key part of the course but there are no controlled assessments. Studying A Level Mathematics is not a requirement, but candidates are advised to study Mathematics if they wish to access the many Physics and Engineering courses at university. 

Most people these days have many careers during their working life. Having Physics will allow a clear entry to many existing professions as well as many industries of the future, which will be driven by advanced technology and robotics. Physicists could be designing the technology of the future rather than being replaced by it, and they can expect to be in high demand in future years.

Pupils study six compulsory topics plus a further topic of ‘Turning points in physics’ (Topic 12) which has been selected from a further list of options. Topics 1-8 below are the core elements:

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity
  6. Further mechanics and thermal physics
  7. Fields and their consequences
  8. Nuclear physics

12.  Turning points in physics

Paper 1



2 hours written examination

85 marks (60 marks of short and long answers; 25 multiple choice questions)

34% of A Level


Topics 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic Motion) are assessed.

Paper 2



2 hours written examination

85 marks (60 marks of short and long answers; 25 multiple choice questions)

34% of A Level


Topics 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8 are assessed.

Paper 3



2 hours written examination

80 marks

32% of A Level


Section A: 45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis.


Section B: 35 marks of short and long answer questions on Topic 12 (Turning Points in Physics).

Non-examination assessment



12 Core Practical Activities

Assessed internally and recorded as either a Pass or a Fail, reported separately on the exam certificate.

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