Key Stage 3

Programme of Study

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. 
Physics challenges our imaginations, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that lead to technologies which change our lives—from healing joints, to curing cancer, to developing sustainable energy solutions. 
Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles.
Moreover, it's the basis of many other sciences, including chemistry, oceanography, seismology, and astronomy. KS3 Physics will be the starting point that inspires a love of Physics and Science.

Over the two years, the students will study the following:

  • Forces and their effects
  • Energy transfers and sound
  • Exploring contact and non-contact forces
  • Magnetism and electricity
  • Motion on Earth and in Space
  • Waves and energy transfer


Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will develop the following skills:

  • Thinking scientifically, working scientifically and practical skills are integrated into the learning activities, objectives and outcomes of each lesson.
  • Literacy and numeracy skills are boosted with key vocabulary for each topic highlighted and maths integrated throughout to increase fluency.
  • Confidence is built in answering GCSE-style questions with tasks requiring longer, more complex answers incorporated into the scheme of work.



Students will be assessments in a range of skills:

Regular assessment will measure progress, with end of topic tests that will measure understanding of key concepts, processes and applications. Assessments will be used to feed back to pupils about how they can improve and progress in Physics.
Assessment will be used to inform that pupils are on target and making sufficient progress to meet or exceed their expected GCSE grade.

Key Stage 4



Exam Board and syllabus

AQA Physics 8463

Programme of Study

GCSE Physics gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of:

  • the use and transfer of energy
  • waves, radiation and space
  • particle physics
  • the application of Physics.


The specification is designed to give students the tools and concepts they need to be able to construct a scientific approach to solving problems. Students will learn to ask and answer questions about the fundamental laws that govern natural phenomena. This is done by integrating the 'How Science Works' approach throughout the specification.

Learning/Teaching Approach

Students are likely to be engaged by the aspects of the specification that they can relate to their everyday life such as the efficiency of electrical appliances and braking distances of vehicles as well as global concepts such as nuclear fission and fusion and evidence of the 'Big Bang' theory.


Assessment will compose of 2 final exams in Year 11.

Students studying Triple Science will sit two exams, both 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 50% each. Students studying Combined Science will sit two exams, both 1 hour 15 minutes and worth 50% each.The exams will contain multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions. There is no coursework or controlled assessment component.

What it leads to

A level Physics and engineering.

Tier of Entry

Foundation/Higher Tier.