Physics

Key Stage 3

What will I learn Year 7

The first big idea students encounter is that changing the movement of an object requires a net force to be acting upon it, which they learn through study of the forces they encounter every day.  Learning about waves, by studying light and sound, introduces the idea that objects can affect other objects at a distance whilst remaining in the realm of children’s experience.

What will l learn Year 8

A study of energy transfer allows students to learn that the total amount of energy is always the same but can be transferred from one store to another during an event. Students also examine how energy is being produced in the UK and its sustainability for the future.

Students begin to abstract these ideas from their day-to-day experience through an in-depth study of electricity, developing their problem solving and analytical skills as they build, investigate and model circuits.  Studying space shows that the laws of physics apply on every scale imaginable, and introduces the big idea that our solar system is a very small part of one of billions of galaxies in the Universe.

What will I learn Year 9

Students move onto look at the application of these big ideas, allowing them to revisit and deepen their understanding of them through a wide range of practical opportunities.  Studying atomic theory shows that the laws of physics apply on every scale imaginable, and introduces the big idea that all matter in the Universe is made of very small particles.

At the same time, they develop and refine their mathematical skills, using equations to model them in theoretical terms.  They begin this with a study of energy resources

 

Key Stage 4

  • Course – Combined Science or Physics
  • Exam board information – AQA
  • Exam Specification – GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy Or GCSE Physics
  • Code – 8464 or 8463

Tested in paper 1:

  • Topic 1 – Energy
  • Topic 2 – Electricity
  • Topic 3 – Particle model of matter
  • Topic 4 – Atomic structure

Tested in paper 2:

  • Topic 5 – Forces
  • Topic 6 – Waves
  • Topic 7 – Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Topic 8 – Space (GCSE Physics only)

Key Stage 5

  • Course – A-level Physics
  • Exam board information – AQA
  • Exam Specification – A-level Physics
  • Code – 7408

Year 12:

  • Measurement and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

Year 13:

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Option