GCSE Physics (Key Stage 4)

What is Physics?

The word physics is believed to come from the Greek word physis, meaning nature. It is the study of mechanics (motion), optics (light), quantum (particles) and sonics (sounds). Although that is not how it is split in the National Curriculum, by the end of year 11, all 3 have been covered extensively.

Physics investigates the nuclear part of the atom, as well as the subatomic realm. 

Physics in schools:

Every year group has a specific set of topics that are taught. As physics is the other side of the coin of chemistry, there may be some overlap in the general topic but the themes within the topics will be different. There will also be an overlap with biology, but again different aspects will be investigated.


Physics is taught from year 1 all the way through to GCSE. The three sciences are not split until KS3. until then they are simply taught as science. Every year group has a specific set of topics that are taught.


Below is an example of topics likely covered by each year group:

Primary Physics
Years 1 and 2 Materials.
Year 3 Light.

Forces and magnets.

Year 4 Sound.


Year 5 Forces.

Earth and space.

Year 6 Light.


Year 7 Energy and fuel

Electricity and circuits.


Year 8 Levers, pressures and forces.



Year 9 Space.


Atomic structure.

Year 10 Key concepts in physics.

Conservation of energy.


Motion and forces.

Light and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Year 11 Forces.



How can Redbridge Tuition help?

At Redbridge Tuition our classes are tutor-led and topic-based. The classes are run in small groups. The work is also written in-house by subject specialists who have studied biology in universities such as Cambridge, University College and Imperial College. They, therefore, have deep knowledge of the subject.


This means that we are able to cover the curriculum thoroughly in a relaxed but focussed environment, designed for deep learning. It gives each student the opportunity to ask questions that they may perhaps hesitate in asking in school.

Each student will come home with a Redbridge Tuition booklet of the physics topic they were taught in the lesson. This will contain notes, explanations and questions they need to complete for homework.

There is a choice of weekday or weekend classes available. Please contact us on 0800 228 9779 or


Our physics tutors:

The tutors at Redbridge Tuition are subject specialists. Our physics tutors are undergraduates and postgraduates whose speciality subject is physics. 

All our tutors are also accredited by Redbridge Tuition.


How can I help my child at home?

For primary school children, rather than just put them in front of books, the best way to help is to do practical things.

Below are a few examples:

Video and take photos of your experiments and tag us in them so we can see how you did! #redbridgetuition @redbridgetuition

For secondary school children, if you are confident in teaching the topics, we would recommend that you use the BBC bitesize website to help you.

Some of the topics to cover are:

  • The Earth in Space
  • Motion
  • Forces
  • Light
  • Energy Heat and Temperature
  • Magnets
  • Electromagnets
  • Sound
  • Solids, Liquids and Gases
  • Expansion
  • Heat transfer
  • Electricity

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