International GCSE Physics

GCSE Physics

This international GCSE qualification is designed to engage students in physics. It encourages a questioning approach to scientific ideas and prepares students for working scientifically.

The new addition of Space physics to the syllabus enables you to teach the underlying principles of physics in a fascinating topic.

Practicals in this specification include investigating factors that determine the strength of an electromagnet and investigating the relationship between force and extension for a spring. Exam questions will be asked on the practicals, but there is no coursework or practical exam.

This qualification is available for teaching now in Bahrain, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.


Paper 1: Any part of the specification may be assessed.

Paper 2: Any part of the specification may be assessed.


  • Linear specification; individual components may not be re-sat.
  • Candidates can re-take the whole qualification as many times as they wish.

Syllabus summary

Forces and their effects

  • Forces and their interactions
  • Motion
  • Resultant forces
  • Momentum
  • Safety in public transport
  • Forces and terminal velocity
  • Centre of mass
  • Moments & levers


  • Forces and energy
  • Energy transfers, conservation and dissipation of energy
  • Energy resources


  • General properties of waves
  • The electromagnetic spectrum
  • Sound and ultrasound
  • Reflection
  • Refraction and total internal reflection
  • Lenses and the eye

Particle model of matter

  • Kinetic theory
  • Energy transfers and particle motion

Electricity and magnetism

  • Electrical circuits
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

Generating and distributing electricity and household use

  • Generating electricity
  • Electricity transmission and distribution
  • Using electricity in the home
  • The motor effect
  • Transferring electrical energy

Nuclear physics

  • Atomic structure
  • Ionizing radiation from the nucleus
  • Nuclear fission
  • Nuclear fusion

Space physics

  • Life cycle of a star
  • Solar system and orbital motion
  • Red shift and the expanding universe

Download the complete Oxford AQA International GCSE Physics specification (PDF, 1.1 MB).

Resources available with this specification

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Switching Guide

Quickly orient yourself with the changes between your old International GCSE Physics specification and the new Oxford International AQA Examinations specification.

Scheme of Work

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Classroom Activity Sheets

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Subject specific vocabulary

Ensure that everyone is using scientific language correctly with this list of word definitions used in our international GCSE science specifications and exam papers (based on ‘The Language of Measurement’ produced by the Association of Science Education).

Practical Handbook

Get all the help you need to undertake practicals with your class. This guide harmonises the rules and guidance for International GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics and includes teachers’ notes, technical guidance and student sheets.

Key Stage 3 AQA science syllabus

The AQA approach to teaching the NCfE Key Stage 3 programme of study provides excellent preparation for the Oxford AQA International GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Combined Sciences.

Specimen Papers and Mark Schemes

See how the International GCSE Physics specification will be assessed, so you can help your students prepare to sit their exams.

Command Words

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Marked Exemplars

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Enhanced Results Analysis™ tool

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