International GCSE Physics

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Physics IGCSE

The course is designed to develop

  1. a broad understanding of  facts, concepts and principles,
  2. skills in physical investigation and
  3. an ability to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of modern scientific developments.

The International GCSE Physics course is an ideal preparation for those who wish to go on to study Physics, or other scientific subjects, at AS and A2 level.

The course is designed to be accessible to students who may have only a limited previous background in science

The lessons are planned so that all the material and preparation required for the final examination papers is in the following seven course modules:

  • Module 1: Forces and Motion
  • Module 2: Electricity
  • Module 3: Waves
  • Module 4: Energy Resources and Energy Transfer
  • Module 5: Solids, Liquids and Gases
  • Module 6:  Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  • Module 7: Radioactivity and Particles

The practical work described at various places in this course helps you to develop your skills for the practical-based components of the theory exams.  It is not essential to carry out this work yourself, but if you can undertake some of it at home, or have the opportunity to perform supervised laboratory work in the course of your studies, this will be a great help.

Students will need to access the internet to carry out some of the course activities.

The new Oxford Open Learning international GCSE Physics course has been developed to meet the requirements of of the Edexcel specification 4PH0.


The course prepares you for Edexcel’s two written examination papers:

Paper One: 2 hours; the total number of marks is 120, two thirds of the overall total. The paper examines all of the specification content and all of the assessment objectives. There will be a range of compulsory short-answer, structured questions, which are ramped (gradually increase in level of difficulty) to ensure accessibility for less able students, as well as to stretch more able students.

Paper Two: 1 hour: the total number of marks is 60, one third of the overall total. This paper also examines all of the specification content, but will focus on investigation and the analysis of data.

In both papers, students may be required to perform calculations, draw graphs and describe, explain and interpret physical phenomena. Some of the question content will be unfamiliar to students; these questions are designed to assess data-handling skills and the ability to apply physical principles to unfamiliar information.

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Physics IGCSE FAQs

The international GCSE Physics is of the same level as a GCSE and is examined by Edexcel, one of the UKs most trusted examination boards. A key difference is that IGCSE Physics does not include practical course work, making it convenient for distance learners.

The Physics International GCSE qualification is accepted as at least the equivalent of GCSE in UK sixth form colleges, FE colleges, universities and other HE institutions.

The Oxford Open Learning courses which are enriched by Twig include extensive links to appropriate films (and other supporting material), lesson by lesson. The student hops from the course materials to the films and back again.

To access the films, students need a special password, supplied at enrolment. Students also need internet access and an e-mail account to benefit from this extraordinary resource which is offered as a “free” extra to students on the relevant courses.

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