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International GCSE Physics Taught Online Course LIVE LESSONS from Cambridge UK


The International GCSE Physics syllabus is designed to enable pupils to explain and understand the technological world around them. This highly valued qualification will evidence both pupils' understanding of key theoretical principles and practical skills.

The International GCSE Physics enables pupils to progress on to A Level Physics which will open opportunities to study further at university.


Teacher assessments are continuous during LIVE TAUGHT lessons, marking of coursework and assignments and summative tests.


Homework will be given at the end of each week, usually in the form of problems to solve, researching key concepts.


Parents have 24 /7 access to all of their children's coursework.

Additionally the school holds 3 parent consultaions per year - one each term.

The Teacher

I am an astronomer in Cambridge (UK). From 1988 to 1991 I was an undergraduate student studying physics at the

University of Cambridge. I later did a PhD in astronomy at the University of Hawaii and graduated in 1997.

I returned to Cambridge University and worked for 11 years as a research fellow.

I enjoy sharing my passion for physics and astronomy with my students at Cambridge Home School. It is immensley satisfying

to witness their imagination at work. I am happy to advise Cambridge Home School students on applications to Oxford and Cambridge.


Physics the topics are:

P1. Motion

P2. Matter and forces

2.1 Mass and weight

2.2 Density

2.3 Effects of forces

2.4 Pressure

P3. Energy, work and power

3.1 Energy

3.2 Energy resources

3.3 Work

3.4 Power

P4. Simple kinetic molecular model of matter

4.1 States of matter

4.2 Molecular model

4.3 Evaporation

4.4 Pressure changes

P5. Matter and thermal properties

5.1 Thermal expansion of solids, liquids and gases

5.2 Thermal capacity

5.3 Melting and boiling

P6. Transfer of thermal energy

6.1 Conduction

6.2 Convection

6.3 Radiation

6.4 Consequences of energy transfer

P7. Waves

7.1 General wave properties

P8. Light

8.1 Reflection of light

8.2 Refraction of light

8.3 Thin converging lens

8.4 Dispersion of light

P9. Electromagnetic spectrum

P10. Sound

P11. Magnetism

P12. Electricity

12.1 Electrical quantities

12.2 Electric charge

12.3 Current, electromotive force and potential difference

12.4 Resistance

12.5 Electrical energy

12.6 Dangers of electricity

P13. Electric circuits

13.1 Circuit diagrams

13.2 Series and parallel circuits

13.3 Action and use of circuit components

P14. Electromagnetic effects

14.1 Electromagnetic induction

14.2 a.c. generator

14.3 Transformer

14.4 The magnetic effect of a current

14.5 Force on a current-carrying conductor

14.6 d.c. motor

P15. Radioactivity

15.1 Detection of radioactivity

15.2 Characteristics of the three kinds of emission

15.3 Radioactive decay

15.4 Half-life

15.5 Safety precautions

15.6 The nuclear atom

15.7 Isotopes

These topics will be taught in Years 10 and 11 to prepare students for their examinations.

3.Book list and stationary (Recommended but not necessary)

-Cambridge IGCSE® Chemistry Coursebook with CD-ROM (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by Richard Harwood (Author), Ian Lodge (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61503-8

-Cambridge IGCSE® Biology Coursebook with CD-ROM (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by Mary Jones (Author), Geoff Jones (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61479-6

-Cambridge IGCSE® Physics Workbook (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by David Sang (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61458

c)Access to a printer, pencil, ruler, rubber, pen, a notebook

4.General points

Assessment, apart from the final IGCSE exams, will be carried out continuously throughout lessons, via homework or short tests.

Science is usually taught as a hands-on practical subject.

Items that would be useful to have would be safety goggles, an apron, and a tray on which to carry out practicals (e.g. large baking tray). Additional materials will be announced a week before required in the lesson along with a permission slip (to be signed by the parents). If a student cannot get access to materials required for practicals or does not wish to carry out a practical, they should not worry as the practical will also be demonstrated by the teacher.

The number of practicals will be relatively restricted owing to the nature of the course (online versus conventional), but we will try to include as many practicals as possible using safe household materials. Students will also be encouraged to think scientifically in an everyday context, making them aware of the science around them and how it can help in solving problems.


Parents are responsible for arranging their child's examinations at their local registered examination centre. Cambridge Home School students study from every part of the globe and so it is not practical for the school to offer a single venue to sit examinations.. Consequently Cambridge Home School is not registered with Cambridge International Examinations but has partnerships with examination centres registered with Cambridge International Examinations, Edexcel, OCR, AQA and will support students in locating a suitable venue for sitting their written and practical examinations.


"The conducting of experiments is potentially dangerous and must be supervised by an adult. Cambridge Home School and its teachers do not demand that pupils conduct experiments. Parents and pupils must take the decision to conduct experiments / dangerous activities and must therefore accept responsibility for any outcomes. Cambridge Home School does not accept responsibility for experiments or any other dangerous activity conducted at the homes of its pupils or in any other place."

Dr. Trentham teaches GCSE A Level Physics at Cambridge Online School UK

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