What will you study in Physics?
Students commencing Y10 in September 2016 are the first cohort of the new GCSE specifications, graded 9-1. We continue to offer triple (Separate) and double (Trilogy) GCSE routes for students. Both of these routes allow entry onto the A level science courses, given a suitable grade.
The sections below relate to the old specification. We will update them once the current Y11 have left.
Should you wish to see more about the new specifications, please visit the AQA website here.
The full details of every GCSE course are given in the exam board’s ‘specification’, see weblinks at the bottom of this page.
Groups and Assessment
Students are taught in ability based sets.
ISA takes place during the year and work is assessed continually with feedback on how to improve. Written examinations in January (year 10) and December (year 11). Ongoing class based testing.
There are two tiers for this course, higher and foundation. Students taking the higher tier examinations are tested on more material, are presented with more challenging questions and may be awarded grades A*-C or a U grade. Students taking the foundation tier can gain grades C- U, but are examined on less content. For full details click on the ‘specification’ at the bottom of this page.
Controlled Assessment and Final Examinations
ISA completed during the course. 25% of final grade. Pupils complete 2 ISA and we select the best of the 2.
There are 3 final examinations at the end of Year 11
Enrichment opportunities, visits and trips
Where this Qualification Leads
A Level Physics, which is available at Heathside
Exam Board and Specification
Exam Board: AQA