Physics IGCSE

Physics IGCSE

Create electrical circuits, explore the ‘Big Bang’, understand how smoke detectors work and more, with IGCSE Physics. This course will develop your problem-solving skills as you explore how our world works, through topics such as electricity, waves, astrophysics and magnetism.

Why St Mary's

Inspired by subject specialists teachers, you will be taught by educators who are passionate about this fascinating subject, as you explore everything from electricity and waves, through to energy, magnetism, radioactivity and astrophysics.

Our enriched learning opportunities can include:

Separate Science IGCSEs

Seperate Science subjects are ideal is you are aiming to study science at A Level, or want to pursue a science related career. Or if you simply enjoy studying science in greater depth. Separate Science IGCSEs are taught during 15 timetabled lessons per fortnight (five for each science subject).

Course overview

This course covers the following topics:

  • Forces and motion
  • Electricity
  • Waves
  • Energy resources and energy transfer
  • Solids, liquids and gases
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Radioactivity and particles
  • Astrophysics


Paper 1: 2 hour written examination (61.1% of the total mark)

Paper 2: 1 hour and 15 minute written examination (38.9% of the total mark)

There are no practical examinations or course work, the practical skills are assessed through the written papers.

At a glance
  • Syllabus: Edexcel
  • Two written examinations
  • Core subject: Separate Science
  • Specialist teachers
You will enjoy this course if you...
  • Have an enquiring mind
  • Like problem-solving
  • Have a good ability in mathematics
  • Are keen on practical experimentation

“Science is a quest for understanding.” Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Physics holds the key to understanding both our physical world and the entire universe.

This fascinating field seeks answers to some of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. Over the coming decades, physics and engineering will play a critical role in tackling issues such as pollution, sustainable food production, clean energy and water for all.

St Mary's students have gone on to study physics or related degree subjects at the most prestigious universities.

Physics develops a unique range of skills and experience, which will prepare you for a wide range of higher education and career opportunities including engineering, astronomy, medicine, climate change, nanotechnology, renewable energy, space exploration, telecommunications, finance, research and architecture.

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