GCSE Physics 4403 offers students the chance to gain a good understanding of:
- the use and transfer of energy
- waves, radiation and space
- 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.
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 as well as larger concepts like nuclear fission and fusion and evidence of the Big Bang.
Teachers are encouraged to use practical work to develop students' skills in a way that helps understanding of theory and brings the subject alive in the classroom.
It is suitable for students of all abilities, whether or not they want to carry on studying Science.
It can contribute towards the Science component of the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) if students enter any three of the four separate sciences – GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science – and achieve grades A* to C in at least two of them.
Physics forms part of AQA's flexible suite of GCSE Science exams which offer teachers a variety of possibilities and combinations to help students achieve to the best of their abilities.
Amended due to Changes to GCSEs.
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