Physics Curriculum

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Year 9 (KS3 and AQA GCSE)

Autumn Term
Students will study the remaining key stage 3 topics of speed, pressure, density and friction. They will also develop their investigative and practical skills through a series of experimental tasks.

Spring Term
Students will begin their study of the GCSE physics course. This begins with the topic of waves, including transverse and longitudinal waves, the wave equation and electromagnetic waves.

Summer Term
Students will continue their study of the topic of waves, including light, reflection, refraction and lenses. 

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Year 10 (AQA GCSE Physics – 8463)

Autumn Term
Students will learn about the particle model of solids, liquids and gases. They will then move on to the topic of electricity, including electric circuits and mains electricity.

Spring Term
Students will continue their study of electricity. They will then move on to the topic of forces.

Summer Term
Students will continue their study of forces until the end of term. This topic includes vectors, Newton's Laws of Motion, speed, velocity and acceleration.

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Year 11 (AQA GCSE Physics – 8463)

Autumn Term
Students will complete their study of forces. They will then move on to the topic of energy, including energy transfers, energy transfer by heating and energy resources.

Spring Term
Students will learn about atomic structure, including radioactive decay, fission and fusion. They will then move on to the topic of magnets and electromagnets.

Summer Term
Finally, students will learn about space physics, including the solar system, the life-cycle of stars and the big bang theory, before revising and completing past papers in preparation for their final exams.

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Year 12 (AQA A Level Physics – 7408)

Autumn Term
With one of their teachers, students will learn about particles and radiation, including the standard model of particle physics and the photon model of radiation. With their other teacher they will learn about electricity and electric circuits.

Spring Term
With one of their teachers, students will move on to study waves, including progressive waves, stationary waves and interference effects. With their other teacher they will move on to study mechanics, including scalars and vectors and Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Summer Term
With one of their teachers, students will move on to study materials. With their other teacher they will finish the topic of mechanics. Before the summer holidays they will begin the Year 13 course with introductions to circular motion and thermal physics.

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Year 13 (AQA A Level Physics – 7408)

Autumn Term
With one of their teachers, students will complete their study of further mechanics, including circular and simple harmonic motion. They will then move on to the topic of nuclear physics. With their other teacher, students will complete their study of thermal physics, including ideal gases and specific heat capacity. They will then move on to the topic of fields, including gravitational, electric and magnetic fields.

Spring Term
Students will finish their study of fields and move on to the optional unit called "Turning Points in Physics", this includes the discovery of the electron, wave-particle duality and special relativity.

Summer Term
Students will complete revision and past paper practise in preparation for their exams.

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