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Physics - GCSE at Challenge College

Course description

GCSE Physics provides a Key Stage 4 science course for learners of any ability, whether they intend to study science further or not. The specification has three physics teaching and learning units and a controlled assessment unit.

This course provides a firm foundation for progression to AS and A-level Physics

Course content

Unit 1 Physics 1

P1.1 The transfer of energy by heating processes and the factors that affect the

rate at which that energy is transferred

P1.2 Energy and efficiency

P1.3 The usefulness of electrical appliances

P1.4 Methods we use to generate electricity

P1.5 The use of waves for communication and to provide evidence that the

universe is expanding

Unit 2 Physics 2

P2.1 Forces and their effects

P2.2 The kinetic energy of objects speeding up or slowing down

P2.3 Currents in electrical circuits

P2.4 Using mains electricity safely and the power of electrical appliances

P2.5 What happens when radioactive substances decay, and the uses and

Entry requirements

No entry requirements

Assessment

  • Unit 1: Physics 1

    Written paper - 1 hour

    60 marks - 25%

    Structured and closed questions

    At least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science contex

    Unit 2: Physics 2

    Written paper - 1 hour

    60 marks - 25%

    Structured and closed questions

    At least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context

    Unit 3: Physics 3

    Written paper - 1 hour

    60 marks - 25%

    Structured and closed questions

Future opportunities

This qualification is a recognised part of the National Qualifications Framework. As such, GCSE is a level 2 qualification and provides progression from key stage 3 to post-16 studies.

A course based on this specification provides a worthwhile course for candidates of various ages and from diverse backgrounds in terms of general education and lifelong learning. It will follow naturally from a
course based on the programme of study for KS3 Science. From a GCSE Physics course, students could progress to GCE Physics.
Alternatively, students could progress to any AS Science course.
It is aslo considered desirable for prospective entrants to the medical professions to take this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Challenge College directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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