Physics (GCSE)

Physics GCSE


The Edexcel International GCSE in Physics specification is assessed through two exams with no coursework. Covering a systematic body of scientific knowledge, skills and the practical nature of physics, it’s designed as a two-year course for teaching in international schools and colleges and UK independent schools. The qualification supports seamless progression to further study, with up-to-date content reflecting the latest thinking in the subject. It is comparable to the UK reformed GCSEs in terms of the level of demand and assessment standards. 


The course is taught in 3 lessons per week over a 2 year period. The aim of the course is to excite and engage pupils that enjoy the challenge of physics. To do this the course has a number of key experiments that aim to foster scientific rigor in methodology and develop an good investigative and evaluative approach. Two written examinations must be taken in the same series at the end of the course of study. 

Why study Physics at XIC?

We study Physics at XIC as it is an important science for pupils wanting to prepare for more advanced courses in physics and for other courses that require knowledge of physics e.g. engineering, medicine, maths and economic based subjects at a higher level in the future. 

Pearson’s world-class standards mean that all Edexcel qualifications are developed to be rigorous, demanding, inclusive and empowering. We work collaboratively with a panel of education thought leaders and assessment experts to ensure that Edexcel qualifications are globally relevant, represent world-class best practice and maintain a consistent standard. 

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