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GCSE
Specification
Physics
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This specification is published on the AQA website (aqa.org.uk). We will let centres know in writing about any
changes to the specification. We will also publish changes on our website. The version on the website is the
definitive version; this may differ from printed versions.
Further copies of this specification booklet are available from:
AQA Logistics Centre (Manchester), Unit 2, Wheel Forge Way, Ashburton Park,
Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1EH
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GCSE Physics for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.0)
Contents
1 Introduction 2
1.1 Why choose AQA? 2
1.2 Why choose GCSE Physics? 3
1.3 How do I start using this specification? 4
1.4 How can I find out more? 4
2 Specification at a Glance 5
3 Subject Content 6
3.1 Introduction to Subject Content 6
3.2 How Science Works 7
3.3 Unit 1: Physics 1 PH1 10
3.4 Unit 2: Physics 2 PH2 20
3.5 Unit 3: Physics 3 PH3 36
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GCSE Physics for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.0)
Introduction
1 Introduction
1.1 Why choose AQA?
We, AQA, are the United Kingdom's favourite
awarding body and more candidates get
their academic qualifications from us
than from any other body. But why are
we so popular?
We understand the different requirements of each We provide a wide range of support services for
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GCSE Physics for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.0)
Introduction
1
1.2 Why choose GCSE Physics?
GCSE Physics enables you to provide a Key Stage 4 We've changed:
physics course for learners of any ability, whether they some of the content following the feedback we've
intend to study science further or not. The specification received: this has enabled us to update and
has three physics teaching and learning units and a refresh the subject content
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GCSE Physics for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.0)
Introduction
1 With the exception of GCSE Science B, which is a new
development, AQA's science GCSEs have evolved
This includes:
Preparing to Teach meetings
from our current specifications. Some changes have
been required by regulations. In our work, we've taken on-line schemes of work
advice from a wide range of teachers and ideas for practical work including worksheets and
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GCSE Physics for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.0)
Specification at a Glance
Specification at a Glance
Unit 1: Physics 1
Written paper ­ 1 hour
60 marks ­ 25%
Structured and closed questions
2
At least one question assessing Quality of Written
Communication in a science context.
Unit 2: Physics 2
+
Written paper ­ 1 hour
60 marks ­ 25%
Structured and closed questions
At least one question assessing Quality of Written
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GCSE Physics for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.0)
Subject Content
3.1 Introduction to Subject Content
The subject content of this specification is presented in and expansion of the content to aid teachers in
five sections: delivering it and gives further details on what will be
How Science Works examined.…read more

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GCSE Physics for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.0)
3.2 How Science Works
This section is the content underpinning the science Fundamental ideas
that candidates need to know and understand. Evidence must be approached with a critical eye. It is
Candidates will be tested on How Science Works in necessary to look closely at how measurements have
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