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 consultations per year – one each term.
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.”
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.
From Dr. Trentham
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 immensely satisfying to witness their imagination at work. I am happy to advise Cambridge Home School students on applications to Oxford and Cambridge.
How to apply
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