Upper School IGCSEs
Physics Online


At Cambridge Upper School, we believe that students must be taught a well-rounded, balanced, and comprehensive IGCSE Physics curriculum that helps them secure top grades. Our MA/PhD qualified teachers use an individualised approach to ensure that each student develops a genuine interest in the subject, enabling them to perform exceptionally well.

Students become capable of observing, understanding, and explaining the physical world around them. Our teachers build a stronger foundation and cover new ground, delving into greater theoretical principles. As a result, students develop strong practical skills and understand the importance of the scientific method. They adopt a systematic and methodical approach to solving problems and innovating as budding physicists.


We offer a range of assessments during our live lessons. These include summative tests, worksheets, pop quizzes, group activities, and more. Using these assignments, our teachers assess each student’s skills and knowledge.


Homework is given at the end of each week. Students get a chance to polish their skills and cover more ground. We plan homework around a range of different topics and subtopics, taking special care to cover everything in the syllabus.


Parents are given 24/7 access to their children’s coursework. We also maintain an open line of communication between parents and teachers to ensure complete transparency. Additionally, we hold 3 parent-teacher consultations each year, one in every term. Parents can also set up consultations with teachers at mutually convenient times.

Course Details


  • CIE IGCSE 0977 History


  • 2 Year

Delivery Method

  • LIVE online classes of 8-10 students

Start Date

  • September – July (Rolling enrolment throughout the year



P1. Motion

P2. Matter and forces

  1. Mass and weight
  2. Density
  3. Effects of forces
  4. Pressure

P3. Energy, work and power

  1. Energy
  2. Energy resources
  3. Work
  4. Power

P4. Simple kinetic molecular model of matter

  1. States of matter
  2. Molecular model
  3. Evaporation
  4. Pressure changes

P5. Matter and thermal properties

  1. Thermal expansion of solids, liquids and gases
  2. Thermal capacity
  3. Melting and boiling

P6. Transfer of thermal energy

  1. Conduction
  2. Convection
  3. Radiation
  4. Consequences of energy transfer

P7. Waves

  1. General wave properties

P8. Light

  1. Reflection of light
  2. Refraction of light
  3. Thin converging lens
  4. Dispersion of light

P9. Electromagnetic spectrum

P10. Sound

P11. Magnetism

P12. Electricity

  1. Electrical quantities
  2. Electric charge
  3. Current, electromotive force and potential difference
  4. Resistance
  5. Electrical energy
  6. Dangers of electricity

P13. Electric circuits

  1. Circuit diagrams
  2. Series and parallel circuits
  3. Action and use of circuit components

P14. Electromagnetic effects

  1. Electromagnetic induction
  2. A.C. generator
  3. Transformer
  4. The magnetic effect of a current
  5. Force on a current-carrying conductor
  6. D.C. motor

P15. Radioactivity

  1. Detection of radioactivity
  2. Characteristics of the three kinds of emission
  3. Radioactive decay
  4. Half-life
  5. Safety precautions
  6. The nuclear atom
  7. Isotopes

Book List and Stationery

1. Cambridge IGCSE® Chemistry Coursebook with CD-ROM (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by Richard Harwood (Author), Ian Lodge (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61503-8

2. Cambridge IGCSE® Biology Coursebook with CD-ROM (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by Mary Jones (Author), Geoff Jones (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61479-6

3. Cambridge IGCSE® Physics Workbook (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by David Sang (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61458

4. Access to pens, pencils, a printer, rulers, rubbers, and a notebook


Parents shoulder the responsibility of arranging their child’s IGCSE examinations at their local registered examination centre. At Cambridge Home School Online, we teach students from different countries across the globe. It’s not practical for our school to manage each student’s local exam registration or offer a single venue for students to sit their examinations.

We presently have students from the UK, Europe, Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Keeping this geographical diverseness in mind, we are not registered with Cambridge International Examinations. However, we have partnered with numerous examination centres registered with CIE, OCR, Edexcel, and AQA.

We also help students find a suitable venue to sit their written and practical examinations. We understand that this process isn’t easy and often requires external support. Students can approach us for any registration-related questions and problems they may have. Our teachers provide complete support and assistance.


Please note that conducting experiments can be potentially dangerous and must be done so under the supervision of an adult, preferably a parent. Cambridge Home School Online and its teachers do not require students to carry out experiments. If students wish to proceed, they must consult their parents and make a mutual decision to proceed. They must also accept responsibility for any negative outcomes.

Cambridge Home School Online does not take responsibility for any experiments or dangerous activities conducted by pupils at their home or any other location. We request parents to be proactive and students to be hyper-cautious. If you wish to proceed with an experiment or activity, please consult our teachers beforehand so we can caution you against it.

General Points

All assessments (excluding the final IGCSE examinations) are carried out during regular live lessons. We assess student performance through tests, homework, in-class activities, exercises, and worksheets. Students perform few practicals because of the virtual nature of this course. However, our MA/PhD qualified subject specialist teachers try to incorporate as many safe practicals into the curriculum as possible. Student safety comes first. We ensure that each practical conducted by Cambridge Home School Online requires safe household materials and poses no risk to students.

At Cambridge Upper School, we encourage students to develop a scientific mindset when approaching everyday phenomena. Students become aware of how science comes into play around them. This insight helps them understand scientific queries, solve problems, and become critical thinkers with strong reasoning abilities.

Students are required to possess certain materials, including an apron, safety goggles, and a tray for conducting practicals. We may require additional materials. However, they will always be announced a week in advance so students can easily gain access to them. We also provide students with a permission slip that must be signed by their parents.

If a student does not wish to perform a practical for any reason (parental disapproval, inability to acquire the required materials), they need not worry. All practicals are demonstrated by our teachers so students can understand the activity even if they are unable to perform it themselves. We also provide catch-up lessons. Students can access our online library of past lessons at any time to get up to speed with the rest of the class.   


About The Teacher

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.

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