Key Stage 4

Physics at KS4 is taught either as part of the AQA GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) or the AQA GCSE Physics (taken as the 'Triple Science' option). In both courses, the students will study the topics listed below, however those opting for the Triple Science route will study some of these topics in more depth. Both routes include content based around “How Science Works” and there are 7/10 required practical tasks (depending on the route taken) that all students must carry out in class time. They will be assessed on these in their exams at the end of year 11 in the form of two exam papers. All exams are terminal and will be sat at the end of year 11, there are no exams in year 10 and there is no coursework.


Year 10 Topics: (PAPER 1 content)



·Particle Model of Matter

·Atomic Structure


Year 11 Topics: (PAPER 2 content)



·Magnetism and Electromagnetism

·Space Physics


Key Stage 5


At KS5 our students are entered for the 2-year AQA A-Level Physics Course. We do not offer an AS. This course is excellent preparation for any Science, Engineering or Maths based university course. It also equips our students with the necessary study skills to go on to read any other challenging, academic course at university e.g. Law.


In year 1, the students will study: 

·Measurements and their errors








In year 2, the students will study:


·Further Mechanics

·Thermal Physics

·Nuclear Physics

·and one further optional unit (either Medical, Turning Points in Physics or Astrophysics)


PHYSICS is also taught as part of the AQA Applied General Science course (Level 3).


Extra Curricular


Physics Staff contribute ideas and support to the science club. There are Physics themed enrichment activities at KS3 and KS4, including the Institute of Physics schools lecture, during the year (full list to follow). In previous years, Year 12 students are offered opportunities to join the Headstart programme and visits to both the Newcastle University MR centre and the Regional Medical Physics Department at the Freeman Hospital and year 13 students will visit Hartlepool nuclear power station. All visits have been a success and we hope to continue (and add to) these moving forward.


Last updated: September 2019

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