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Brighton College

Physics

Physics GCSE covers a broad range of the Physics that pupils need to know to understand developments in Science. Science attempts to explain the world in which we live. It provides technologies that have had a great impact on our society and the environment. Scientists try to explain phenomena and solve problems using evidence. The data to be used as evidence must be repeatable, reproducible and valid, as only then can appropriate conclusions be made. Pupils should know how to gather evidence like this, make conclusions and evaluate their methods and data and those of others. A scientifically literate person should, amongst other things, be equipped to question, and engage in debate on, the evidence used in decision-making. A judgement or decision relating to social-scientific issues may not be based on evidence alone, as other societal factors may be relevant. Pupils should be able to evaluate decisions taken and give informed opinions on the motivation for such choices.

These ideas are central to science education. They constitute the ‘thinking behind the doing’ that is a necessary complement to the subject content of physics. GCSE Physics provides a thorough grounding in the principles and techniques of classical Physics and is the basis for studying A-level Physics, or a general background for those wanting to specialise in one or more separate sciences or science-based university courses. It is a modern course that will stimulate pupils’ interest in how science works. Pupils will need to have had some previous experience with Physics either at 13+, Key Stage 3 or a similar level.

Year 9 & GCSE 

We begin our GCSE teaching in Year 9 and follow the AQA Physics specification which leads to a separate Physics GCSE (so pupils gain 3 science GCSEs altogether). All examinations are now terminal so pupils have to sit the entire GCSE at the end of Year 11.