IGCSE & MYP Physics

Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies.

Despite the exciting and extraordinary development of ideas throughout the history of physics, observation remains essential to the very core of the subject. Models are developed to try to understand observations, and these themselves can become theories that attempt to explain the observations.

IGCSE Physics is one of the core Science subject [Group 3: Sciences] under the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum.

Syllabus covered in IGCSE Physics:

  • General physics
  • Thermal physics
  • Properties of waves, including light and sound
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Atomic physics

Students have to attempt three papers irrespective of CORE or EXTENDED, below is a break-up of the weightage given to each paper.




Paper 1 (Multiple choice)



Paper 2 (Theory)



Optional Paper 5 (Practical test)



Optional Paper 6 



With the plethora of choices, students can either opt for MYP Physics one of the core Science subject [Group 4: Sciences], under the IB curriculum. The examination criteria is slightly different as compared to its counterpart i.e. IGCSE. From the year 2016, external moderation in terms of ‘eAssessment’ in all elements (such as ePortfolio of courseworks and on-screen examinations) of the programme is made optional. Successful results in the subject contributes to students’ IB MYP Certificate.

Students are graded from 7 to 1, with 7 being the highest and the criteria is as follows:

Criteria A

Knowledge and understanding

Criteria B

Inquiring and designing

Criteria C

Processing and evaluating

Criteria D

Reflecting on the impacts of science

Concluding sentence: The IGCSE and MYP Physics helps learners develop a holistic understanding of the technological world surrounding them, by developing their analytical and critical skills. Our mentoring school, IB Experts 7ON7, stimulates the interest in the this science through a mix of theory and practical knowledge, exposing the learner to take deep interest in the subject.