Course Outline


Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus at GEMS Wesgreen International School aims to provide the students an opportunity to develop attitudes relevant to physics such as; concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity and inquiry. It will provide students the opportunity to study wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level Physics.

Learning Outcomes

Students should be helped to understand how, through the ideas of physics, the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a number of key ideas which are of universal application and which can be illustrated in the separate topics set out below. These ideas include:

  • the use of models, as in the particle model of matter or the wave models of light and of sound
  • the concept of cause and effect in explaining such links as those between force and acceleration, or between changes in atomic nuclei and radioactive emissions
  • the phenomena of ‘action at a distance’ and the related concept of the field as the key to analysing electrical, magnetic and gravitational effects
  • that differences, for example between pressures or temperatures or electrical potentials, are the drivers of change
  • that proportionality, for example between weight and mass of an object or between force and extension in a spring, is an important aspect of many models in science. 

Ongoing Objectives

Throughout each unit, the students are given the opportunity to build on the objectives below:

  • provide an enjoyable and worthwhile educational experience for all learners, whether they go on to study science beyond this level.
  • enable learners to acquire sufficient knowledge and understanding to:
    • become confident citizens in a technological world and develop an informed interest in scientific matters
    • be suitably prepared for studies beyond Cambridge IGCSE
    • allow learners to recognise that science is evidence-based and understand the usefulness, and the limitations, of scientific method
  • develop skills that:
    • are relevant to the study and practice of physics
    • are useful in everyday life
    • encourage a systematic approach to problem-solving
    • encourage efficient and safe practice
    • encourage effective communication through the language of science
  • develop attitudes relevant to physics such as:
    • concern for accuracy and precision
    • objectivity
    • integrity
    • enquiry
    • initiative

Unit Overviews

Term 1

1. Electromagnetism and Electricity

Approximate length:11 weeks

For blended learning we will provide video links, live demonstrations of practical investigation as well as access to the relevant worksheets and resources that all students will need.

This section covers concept that will be important throughout the course. First, we will look at electromagnetism and later cover how to measure quantities such as current electricity and potential difference. Then we will look at how to arrange resistors in series and parallel, dangers of electricity and calculations involving electrical energy.

4.1 Simple phenomena of magnetism

4.2 Electrical quantities

4.3 Electrical circuits

4.4 Digital electronics

4.5 Dangers of electricity

4.6 Electromagnetic effects

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

Electromagnetism and Electricity

  • exploring the magnetic fields of permanent and induced magnets, and the Earth’s magnetic field, using a compass
  • quantity of charge flowing as the product of current and time
  • measuring resistance using p.d. and current measurements
  • exploring current, resistance and voltage relationships for different circuit elements; including their graphical representations
  • drawing circuit diagrams; exploring equivalent resistance for resistors in series
  • magnetic effects of currents, how solenoids enhance the effect
  • how transformers are used in the national grid and the reasons for their use.
  • the domestic a.c. supply; live, neutral and earth mains wires, safety measures
  • power transfer related to p.d. and current, or current and resistance.

Term 2

Programme of Study 


Formative: Throughout the units, the children will complete graded work, quizzes and investigation activities, which allows the teacher to assess the students’ attainment and inform their planning.

For each unit the students complete a pre and posttest. This allows us to see progress across the units and to inform our planning.

Summative: At the end of each term, we complete internal tests. This allows us to measure the students’ progress throughout the term and year. A mock exam paper prior to the final IGCSE exams.

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