In a record year at St Olave’s Grammar School, students achieved a stunning 96% A*/B grades. A total of 75% of all grades were at A*/A, 3 percentage points up on last year’s. 32 students gained straight A* grades in at least 3 subjects.

GCSE Physics

Current Year 9 and 10 students are following the AQA GCSE in Physics. The subject is assessed by two equally weighted examination papers that are 1 hour 45 minutes in length. This specification can be accessed via: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

(Current Year 11 students are studying the Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Physics, also known as IGCSE. This is examined by two examination papers that are 2 hours and 1 hour in duration.) This specification can be accessed via: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-gcses-and-edexcel-certificates/edexcel-certificate-physics.html

It is important to be aware that the GCSE course is started in Year 9 and develops many of the ideas first encountered in Years 7 and 8. This means that you need to retain information over a long period of time. A steady effort throughout the whole course is clearly essential.

Physics is a rewarding subject both for students who have a keen interest in Science and for those who simply want to understand more about the unifying patterns and themes of physics. During the GCSE course, many areas of are explored in greater depth than is required for the examinations.  A significant portion of lesson time will be devoted to the development of practical skills, as these account for 15% of the marks on the examination papers, and are essential for future study. The emphasis is very much on developing an appreciation of how science works and how new understanding and new technologies are affecting our lives.

Year 9:

  • Experimental Techniques
  • Thermal Energy
  • Specific Heat Capacity
  • Energy Transfers
  • Generating Electricity and Energy Resources
  • Waves
  • Light and Sound
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum

Years 10 and 11:

  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics
  • Moments, Levers and Gears
  • Momentum
  • Static and Current Electricity
  • Mains Electricity
  • Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Electromagnetism
  • Space Physics
  • Atomic Structure and Radioactivity
  • Gas Laws, Brownian Motion and States of Matter