IGCSE Physics


Physics deals with a fundamental understanding of how nature works. It incorporates an understanding in the behaviour of particles and waves through the language of mathematics to fully appreciate its true beauty.

This subject is useful if you wish to study Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, Particle Physics, Electricity, Electronics, Engineering (all types) Medical Physics, Physical Chemistry and more…


IGCSE can be taken as a Double Award or a Triple Award.
For the Double Award, Students need to do Paper 1 (4PHO/1P)
For the Triple Award, Students need to do Paper1 and Paper 2 (4PHO/2P)

Paper 1

(which is a 2 hour paper) consists of;
Forces and motion; which is Interpreting graphs, F=ma , Vector ideas about Forces, Momentum, Moment of a Force,  Hooke’s Law for spring, rubber band and a metal wire. F-e graphs and elastic behaviour, Astronomy, orbital speed.

Electricty; Hazards of electricity, insulation, earthing, fuses, circuit breakers Electrical heating, , a.c. and d.c. Series and parallel circuits,  graphs for wires, filament lamps, diodes LDRs, thermistors, LEDs, Ohm’s Law, electrostatic charges, laws and safety aspect of them.

Waves; Longitudinal and transverse waves, reflection, refraction, diffraction and total internal reflection, analogue and digital signals, sound and determination of the frequency of a sound wave, Energy resources and energy transfer; Energy transfer and efficiency, Work done, kinetic energy, gravitational potential, conduction and convection, Energy resources and electricity generation,

Paper 2

(which is a 1 hour paper) consists of;

Solids liquids and gases; Density, mass and volume, pressure, three states of matter, Ideal gases and the gas laws, Kelvin temperature scale.

Magnetism and Electromagnetism; Laws of magnets, field lines, magnetic field around a current carrying conductor, electromagnets, force on a charged particle in a magnetic field, electric motors, Fleming’s Left Hand Rule, induced electricity, transformers, step up and down.

Radioactivity and Particles; structure of the atom, atomic and mass number, alpha beta and gamma rays and their properties, half-life and dangers of ionisation, alpha particle scattering and their implication, fission and chain reaction.
Although a lot of practical work is carried out throughout the year, NO course work is needed for the exam.



PASS RATE (2012-13)
A*- C = 100%

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