Cambridge International Board (CIE: 0625)

  • OUTLINE OF THE COURSE

This is an intensive one-year course that is largely covered in the autumn and spring terms. Students’ practical skills are developed during the course and assessed in a final written examination.

 

 

Section Topic Content
1 General Physics
  • Basic measurements, units and  mathematics
  • Motion
  • Forces
  • Equilibrium
  • Energy, work and power
  • Pressure
2 Thermal Physics
  • States of matter
  • Kinetic theory
  • Temperature
  • Specific and latent heat
  • Conduction, convection and radiation
3 Waves
  • Wave properties
  • Light refraction/reflection
  • Diffraction
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Sound
4 Electricity and Magnetism
  • Safety
  • Circuits and components
  • Current, potential difference and resistance
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnetism: generators, transformers and motors
  • Cathode ray oscilloscope
  • Analogue/Digital Electronics
5 Atomic Physics
  • Radioactivity and its detection
  • Alpha, beta and gamma radiation
  • Half life
  • Isotopes
  • Nuclear atom

 

EXAMINATIONS

 

Exam Content Duration Weighting
Paper 1 40 Multiple choice questions ¾ hour 30 %
Paper 2 (Core) or 3 (Extended) Structured short questions 1¼ hours 50 %
Paper 6 Alternative to practical (written) 1 hour 20 %

Paper 2 tests skills appropriate to grades C to G, Paper 3 tests skills enabling the award of grades A* to B.

  • TEXT BOOK:

Complete Physics for Cambridge IGCSE by Stephen Pople, published by OUP