Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

GCE Physics


AEA Physics



Change in date for submission of Controlled Assessment Tasks

The submission date for all other GCE and GCSE qualifications in summer 2016 is the 3rd May (normally 1st May but moved due to Bank Holiday). This includes all new Entitlement Framework Qualifications introduced for first teaching in September 2013 and GCSE Applied Subjects (Applied ICT and Applied Business).

Studying physics is about finding out what the universe is made of and how things work and interact with each other. It is concerned with the most basic building blocks of all things - from ants to antennas, from quarks to quasars.

Physics gives students a new understanding of the world around them. They can look at a rainbow and not just marvel at its beauty but also understand how it is formed. Physics also teaches students to question the way things are.

Through studying physics, students develop new ways of looking at the world and new thinking skills. These thinking skills can be applied to other disciplines such as chemistry, biology, medicine, earth and planetary sciences, are useful in the world of work and help students cope with everyday life.

Students who study physics have great job prospects and end up in all sorts of interesting jobs because of their broad training and adaptability. Many students with physics qualifications go on to have successful careers in the space and/or aerospace industries, medicine, technology, engineering, research and development, the stock market, teaching and/or IT and software industries.

Studying physics is also fun! Students get the chance to use a lot of really great pieces of equipment.