GCSE Physics

One year GCSE Course

GCSE Physics

Cambridge International Board (CIE: 0972)


This is an intensive one-year course that is largely covered in the autumn and spring terms. Students’ practical skills are developed during the course and assessed in a final written examination.



1General Physics
  • Basic measurements, units and  mathematics
  • Motion
  • Forces
  • Equilibrium
  • Energy, work and power
  • Pressure
2Thermal Physics
  • States of matter
  • Kinetic theory
  • Temperature
  • Specific heat capacity
  • Conduction, convection and radiation
  • Melting, boiling and evaporation
  • Wave properties
  • Light refraction/reflection
  • Diffraction
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Sound
4Electricity and Magnetism
  • Safety
  • Circuits and components
  • Current, potential difference and resistance
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnetism: generators, transformers and motors
5Atomic Physics
  • Radioactivity and its detection
  • Alpha, beta and gamma radiation
  • Half life
  • Isotopes
  • Nuclear atom
6Space Physics
  • The Earth
  • The Solar System
  • The Sun and Stars
  • The Universe
  • Birth, life and Death of Stars
  • Redshift
  • Big Bang Theory



  All candidates take 3 papers.

Paper 1 (Core) or 2 (Extended)Multiple choice¾ hour30 %
Paper 3 (Core) or 4 (Extended)Theory1¼ hours50 %
Paper 6Alternative to practical (written)1 hour20 %

Paper 1 and 3 tests skills appropriate to grades 5 to 1, Paper 2 and 4 tests skills enabling the award of grades 9 to 1 (9 is the highest grade).


Complete Physics for Cambridge IGCSE by Stephen Pople, published by OUP

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