From 2021, the GCSE on offer in science will be Physics. The aim of the course is to provide a pathway to the many careers requiring a background and qualification in science. GCSE Physics will introduce you to scientific method as well as the key core concepts of physics eg. energy, electricity and atomic structure.
The course comprises eight key topics:
3. Particle model of matter
4. Atomic structure
7. Magnetism and electro-magnetism
8. Space physics
In addition, it is a requirement for passing the GCSE that each learner carries out a series of practicals, defined by the awarding body.
Learners will need to complete a short initial assessment prior to joining the course.
This is a challenging course and to be ready to study this subject, you need some prior skills especially in maths.
So we need to know your recent maths grades – either at Functional Skills or GCSE. If you have completed neither of these recently, you will need to do an initial assessment in maths to see what level at which you are currently performing.
You need to undertake the Mechanical Objects assessment – you should normally achieve SILVER level.
You need to provide a short piece of writing about physics – ask for the Physics initial assessment.
The course is mainly classroom-based and will comprise tutor input, written tasks, small group discussion, accessing online content and a series of 10 practicals. Students should expect to undertake homework every week to consolidate and extend their understanding
Through completion of pulse checks and assignments including mock exams.
There is a wide range of progression opportunities for students with GCSEs including Physics including:
· Science at Level 3 or A Level
· Engineering – Electrical, Mechanical, Building etc.
· Practical Engineering/Technician roles eg. Maritime Cadetships, Automobile Engineering, Design Engineering
· New careers in the Renewable Industries
· Access to Higher Education – Health Professions (available at CLIP and elsewhere)