Combined Science - Physics



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Overview of course

Students will study GCSE combined sciences over 3 years. Building on knowledge from KS3 science where students have had a brief overview of topics covered at GCSE.

In each unit there are opportunities for students to develop investigative skills and gain a better understanding of “how science works”. We follow the new Gateway Science Combined Science A specification, within which there is a strong emphasis on Knowledge Recall (40%), Application of Knowledge (40%) and analysis/evaluation of experimental work (20%). The whole course is examined via 6 x 1hr 10 min exams at the end of Year 11. Different groups may proceed at a different pace.

Combined Physics is one part of the course which will provide students with two GCSE grades at the end of year 11 accounting for 33.4% of their Combined Science GCSE. The course requires an understanding of several core practical’s which cover the key concepts in Combined Physics.

Year 9 Programme of study

Topic P1: Forces 3

P1.1 The particle model

P1.2 Changes of state

Topic P2: Forces 4

P2.1 Motion

P2.2 Newton’s Laws

 P2.3 Forces in Action

Year 10 Programme of study

Topic P3: Electricity and magnetism

P3.1 Static and Charge

P3.2 Simple circuits

P3.3 Magnets and magnetic fields

Topic P4: Waves and Radioactivity

P4.1 Wave behaviour

P4.2 The electromagnetic Spectrum

P4.3 Radioactive Emissions

Year 11 Programme of study

Topic P5: Energy

P5.1 Work Done

P5.2 Energy and Efficiency

Topic P6: Global challenges

P6.1 Physics on the move

P6.2 Powering Earth

Revision of all Combined Physics topics (P1; P2; P3; P4; P5; P6) and Required practicals.


Skills / Knowledge / Understanding



Students will be expected to develop their scientific, mathematical and investigative skills in all three subjects during their course of studies. Learn the key facts and equations for each topic of study.

Methods of assessment / accreditation structure

These courses are linear, with all the examinations taking place at the end of Year 11. Students will sit 6 examinations consisting of 6 papers of 1 hour 10 minutes; each exam is 16.7% of the course. There are two Physics papers P1-P3 and P4-P6.

End of topic assessments; Examination Style Question Homeworks; Cumulative Knowledge tests, Mock examinations

On-going support, focused feedback and targets for improvement will be provided by their class teacher on the examination style homeworks.

In School Contacts

Please speak to your child’s Science Teacher or Mrs E Laxton (Head of Science):

How Parents and Carers can help


  • Have a conversation with your child about their day include subject specific words from the topic glossary
  • Ensuring homework is fully completed on time to the best of their ability. Students should use  class notes, topic summary maps, and the revision guide can also be used to assist with homework, as well as the online text books (kerboodle).
  • Print past papers and mark schemes. Work on a mark a minute in exam conditions, and then use resources to fill in any gaps in another colour, and then use the mark scheme to mark and correct the work. Then encourage your child to talk to their class teacher about any areas which they struggled with or need further clarification.
  • Support the department by ensuring that your child attends any intervention sessions that they are invited to or which is being run for all students. These sessions can really make a difference to student success.

Resources, Software and Websites used

CPG Combined Science Revision Guide and Workbook

Exercise books; Topic Glossary and Topic on a page; Learning Grids



Seneca Learning

BBC Bitesize

TED Talks

OCR Combined Science Specification

Past Examination Questions and Mark schemes

Google Classroom with class code contain powerpoint s, past examination questions and revision resources



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