Cambridge IGCSE®

Subject Details IGCSE (Physics)

Key benefits

Cambridge IGCSE™ syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have worked with schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different types of schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.
Cambridge IGCSE Physics enables learners to:

  • increase their understanding of the technological world
  • take an informed interest in scientific matters
  • recognise the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and how to apply this to other disciplines and in everyday life
  • develop relevant attitudes, such as a concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness
  • develop an interest in, and care for, the environment
  • better understand the influence and limitations placed on scientific study by society, economy, technology, ethics, the community and the environment
  • develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for both further study and everyday life.


Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills
learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

Aim

The aims describe the purposes of a course based on this syllabus.
The aims are to:

  • provide an enjoyable and worthwhile educational experience for all learners, whether or not they go on to study science beyond this level
  • enable learners to acquire sufficient knowledge and understanding to:
    1. become confident citizens in a technological world and develop an informed interest in scientific matters
    2. be suitably prepared for studies beyond Cambridge IGCSE
  • allow learners to recognise that science is evidence based and understand the usefulness, and the limitations, of scientific method
  • develop skills that:
    1. are relevant to the study and practice of biology
    2. are useful in everyday life
    3. encourage a systematic approach to problem solving
    4. encourage efficient and safe practice
    5. encourage effective communication through the language of science
  • develop attitudes relevant to biology such as:
    1. concern for accuracy and precision
    2. objectivity
    3. integrity
    4. enquiry
    5. initiative
    6. inventiveness
  • enable learners to appreciate that:
    1. science is subject to social, economic, technological, ethical and cultural influences and limitations
    2. the applications of science may be both beneficial and detrimental to the individual, the community and the environment.

Assessment overview

All candidates take three papers.
Candidates who have studied the Core subject content, or who are expected to achieve a grade D or below, should be entered for Paper 1, Paper 3 and either Paper 5 or Paper 6. These candidates will be eligible for grades C to G. Candidates who have studied the Extended subject content (Core and Supplement), and who are expected to achieve a grade C or above, should be entered for Paper 2, Paper 4 and  Paper 6. These candidates will be eligible for grades A* to G.

Core candidates take:Extended candidates take:
Paper 1 - 45 minutes
Multiple Choice - 30%

40 marks
40 four-choice multiple-choice questions
Questions will be based on the Core subject
Content Externally assessed
Paper 2 - 45 minutes
Multiple Choice - 30%

40 marks
40 four-choice multiple-choice questions
Questions will be based on the Extended
subject content (Core and Supplement)Externally assessed
Paper 3 - 1 hour 15 minutes
Theory - 50%

80 marks
Short-answer and structured questions
Questions will be based on the Core subject
Content Externally assessed
Paper 4 - 1 hour 15 minutes
Theory - 50%

80 marks
Short-answer and structured questions
Questions will be based on the Extended
subject content (Core and Supplement) Externally assessed
All candidates take either:Or:
Paper 5 - 1 hour 15 minutes
Practical Test - 20%

40 marks
Questions will be based on the experimental
skills in Section 4
Externally assessed
Paper 6 - 1 hour
Alternative to Practical - 20%

40 marks
Questions will be based on the experimental
skills in Section 4
Externally assessed

Physics IGCSE Syllabus code - 0625

Module TopicTime Frame(130h  in total)
M1 - General Physics11 Measurements42h 
2 motion
3 Force and motion
4 Turning effect of force
5 Force and matter
6 Energy transformation and energy transfer
7 Energy resources
8 Work and power
M2 - Thermal Physics1 The kinetic model of matter18h
2 Thermal properties of matter
3 Thermal energy transfer
M3 - Waves1 Sound15h
2 Light
3 Properties of waves
4 Spectra
M4 - Electricity and magnetism1 Magnetism39h
2 Static electricity
3 Electric quantities
4 Electric circuits
5 electromagnetic forces
6 electromagnetic induction
M5 - Atomic Physics1 The nuclear atom16h
2 Radioactivity