Senior Physics at Bedford Modern School


Physics looks to explain the Universe around us, from classical everyday experiences to interactions on the smallest atomic and largest astronomical scale. As a Department we aim to prepare students for exam performance whilst stretching their horizons and imparting some of the passion we have for the subject. All of this takes place in our newly opened Science Centre, providing outstanding facilities for the physicists of the future.

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Students follow the Edexcel IGCSE Physics course across three years of study, beginning in Year 9. All units are covered in every year, consolidating previous ideas whilst building to new conclusions. There is a strong theme of practical work throughout the course, to initially discover or verify physical relationships. All units contain a core practical in each of the three years as we look to develop students’ experimental and analytical skills.

The units covered are:

Forces and Motion



Energy Resources and Energy Transfers

Solids, Liquids and Gases

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Radioactivity and Particles