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The following information shows the topics covered as part of the Separates (Triple) GCSE Physics course. Take extra care to note that there is extra content in this course that is not covered in the Trilogy (Combined) GCSE for Science. I have highlighted content that is for Physics only in blue. The table of information has been taken from the official AQA GCSE Physics Course Specifications.

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P1 Energy
Energy changes in a system, and the ways energy is stored before and after such changes
Energy stores and systems
Changes in energy
Energy changes in systems
Power
Conservation and dissipation of energy
Energy transfers in a system
Efficiency
National and global resources
P2 Electricity
Current, potential difference and resistance
Standard circuit diagram symbols
Electrical charge and current
Current, resistance and potential difference
Resistors
Series and parallel circuits
Domestic uses and safety
Direct and alternating potential difference
Main electricity
Energy transfers
Power
Energy transfers in everyday appliances
The National Grid
Static electricity
Static charge
Electric fields
P3 Particle Model of Matter
Changes of state and the particle model
Density of materials
Change of state
Internal energy and energy transfers
Internal energy
Temperature changes in a system and specific heat capacity
Changes of heat and specific latent heat
Particle model and pressure
Particle motion in gases
Pressure in gases
Increasing the pressure of a gas (Higher Tier only)
P4 Atomic structure
Atoms and isotopes
The structure of an atom
Mass number, atomic number and isotopes
The development of the model of the atom (common content with chemistry)
Atoms and nuclear radiation
Radioactive decay and nuclear radiation
Nuclear equations
Half-lives and the random nature of radioactive decay
Radioactive contamination
Hazards and uses of radioactive emissions and of background radiation
Background radiation
Different half-lives of radioactive isotopes
Uses of nuclear radiation
Nuclear fission and fusion
Nuclear fission
Nuclear fusion
P5 Forces (A)
Forces and their interactions
Scalar and vector quantities
Contact and non-contact forces
Gravity
Resultant forces
Work done and energy transfer
Forces and elasticity
Moments, levers and gears
Pressure and pressure differences in fluids
Pressure in a fluid: Pressure in a fluid 1; Pressure in a fluid 2
Atmospheric pressure
P5 Forces (B)
Forces and motion
Describing motion along a line: Distance and displacement; Speed; Velocity; The distance-time relationship; Acceleration
Forces acceleration and Newton’s Laws of motion: Newton’s First Law; Newton’s Second Law; Newton’s Third Law
Forces and braking: Stopping distance; Reaction time’; Factors affecting braking distance 1; Factors affecting braking distance 2
Momentum (Higher Tier only)
Momentum is a property of moving objects
Conservation of momentum
Changes in momentum
P6 Waves
Waves in air, fluids and solids
Transverse and longitudinal waves
Properties of a wave
Reflection of waves
Sound waves (Higher Tier only)
Waves for detection and exploration (Higher Tier only)
Electromagnetic waves
Types of electromagnetic waves
Properties of electromagnetic waves 1
Properties of electromagnetic waves 2
Use and applications of electromagnetic waves
Lenses
Visible Light
Black body radiation
Emission and absorption of infrared radiation
Perfect black bodies and radiation
P7 Magnetism and electromagnetism
Permanent and induced magnetism, magnetic forces and fields
Poles of a magnet
Magnetic fields
The motor effect
Electromagnetism
Fleming’s left-hand rule (Higher Tier only)
Electric motors (Higher Tier only)
Loudspeakers
Induced potential, transformers and the National Grid (Higher Tier only)
Induced potential (Higher Tier only)
Uses of the generator effect (Higher Tier only)
Microphones (Higher Tier only)
Transformers (Higher Tier only)
P8 Space Physics
Solar system; stability or orbital motions; satellites
Our solar system
The life cycle of a star
Orbital motion, natural and artificial satellites
Red-shift
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