Highgrove Education

International GCSE Physics

Are you ready to uncover the mysteries of the universe? International GCSE Physics is your gateway to the world of forces, electricity, waves, energy, and more. Ever wondered how the stars move in the sky or what powers your devices? This course isn’t just about facts; it’s about understanding the fundamental principles that govern our physical world. From the tiniest particles to the grand expanse of space, you’ll explore it all, making sense of the world around you. International GCSE Physics paves the way for future studies in science and technology, opening doors to exciting careers and helping you become the innovators and explorers of tomorrow.

GCSE Physics

Key Information

What you’ll study

Entry Requirements

Assessment Information

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
QualificationInternational GCSE Physics
Exam board Edexcel
Exams availableJanuary and June

Online school, full time or individual courses

Course length2 years
Weekly study time2 x 45-minute live lessons, 3 x 30-minute self-study lessons, 1 x 30-minute teacher-marked homework
Class sizeMaximum 12
Course start September

Individual Tutoring

Recommended Approximately 100 x 45-minute individual tutoring lessons, 170 x 30-minute self-study lessons, 45 x 30-minute teacher-marked homework. Pace and level of commitment determined by individual needs.
Course start Flexible
1. Forces and motion
  • Units
  • Movement and position
  • Forces, movement, shape and momentum
2. Electricity
  • Units
  • Mains electricity
  • Energy and voltage in circuits
  • Electric charge
3. Waves
  • Units
  • Properties of waves
  • The electromagnetic spectrum
  • Light and sound
4. Energy resources and energy transfers
  • Units
  • Energy transfers
  • Work and power
  • Energy resources and electricity generation
5. Solids, liquids and gases
  • Units
  • Density and pressure
  • Change of state
  • Ideal gas molecules
6. Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Units
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnetism
  • Electromagnetic induction
7. Radioactivity and particles
  • Units
  • Radioactivity
  • Fission and fusion
8. Astrophysics
  • Units
  • Motion in the universe
  • Stellar evolution
  • Cosmology

For more information take a look at the Edexcel International GCSE Physics Specification: click here

  • A pass in the Highgrove Online School admissions test for Science

International GCSE

2 exams taken at the end of the course
Physics Paper 1: Core content (120 minutes). 61.1% of the total International GCSE.
Physics Paper 2: All content (75 minutes). 38.9% of the total International GCSE.
Please note: Students will develop knowledge and understanding of experimental skills through the context of the physics they are learning. Experimental skills are assessed through written examinations.


Physics is one of our compulsory subjects for full time students, alongside Biology, Chemistry, Maths, English Literature and English Language. Pupils gaining a 7 or above in GCSE Physics will be eligible to study Physics at A level.

We also offer the following GCSEs

Our core GSCE subjects are taught in group classes via a combination of interactive self-study lessons and live lessons led by an expert teacher:

Additional GCSEs subjects are available via our tutoring programme, including: