Edexcel GCSE Physics

Edexcel GCSE Physics

Physics, like Biology and Chemistry, consists of three units from the Science, Additional Science and Further Additional Science courses, along with a controlled assessment. All three written exams have to be taken at the same time at the end of the course.

Link to the course specification.
Link to exam papers and reports.

Exam dates for summer 2014

P1: May 19th.
P2: June 12th.
P3: June 23rd.
The controlled assessment can be taken at any time during the course.

Course content

Unit P1: Universal physics
Topic 1 Visible light and the Solar System
Topic 2 The electromagnetic spectrum
Topic 3 Waves and the Universe
Topic 4 Waves and the Earth
Topic 5 Generation and transmission of electricity
Topic 6 Energy and the future

Unit P2: Physics for your future

Topic 1  Static and current electricity
Topic 2  Controlling and using electric current
Topic 3  Motion and forces
Topic 4  Momentum, energy, work and power
Topic 5  Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion
Topic 6  Advantages and disadvantages of using radioactive materials

Unit P3: Applications of physics

Topic 1 Radiation in treatment and medicine
Topic 2 X-rays and ECGs
Topic 3  Production, uses and risks of ionising radiation from radioactive sources
Topic 4 Motion of particles
Topic 5 Kinetic theory and gases

Unit PCA: Physics controlled assessment

7 Responses to Edexcel GCSE Physics

  1. Rifah Tasnim December 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Hi, is there anywhere I could get some past papers or sample assessment material for edexcel P3, C3 and B3?
    I have looked on the website but cannot find anything.

    • Bob Foster December 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

      There’s a link to the Edexcel website at the top of this page! Follow it, and click on ‘SAMs’ – you’ll find B3, C3, P3.

      • THANKYOU June 17, 2014 at 11:16 am #


  2. Adam January 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    i was wondering what the syllabus is for Edexcel P3 exam, im not sure what it is i need to be learning for the exam.

    • Bob Foster January 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

      Do you not have a school textbook or revise guide? Or are you learning at home? Either way, get a textbook!!!
      Here’s a link to the specification for Physics GCSE on the Edexcel website – http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/GCSE%20from%202011/GCSE%20Physics.pdf. It tells you the topics, but not all of the details of course, that’s why you need a proper textbook.

      … hope that helps.


      • Nick Simon January 23, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

        could you please suggest a textbook for P1, thank you

        • Bob Foster January 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

          Which exam board?

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