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GCSE Physics

This Physics GCSE revision app allows you to self assess your knowledge of the Additional and Core topics for each of the AQA, Edexcel and OCR 21st Century Science exam boards, including a distinction between the higher and foundation tiers within each topic.

Key Features:

This image shows an example of a multiple-choice question from the Revision Buddies Physics App.– Choose your level and course from the AQA, Edexcel or OCR 21st Century Science exam boards

– 1000s of original, syllabus specific GCSE Physics questions

– Detailed explanations to further understanding

– Hundreds of illustrated diagrams, graphs & experiments

– Repeat difficult questions or select new ones at random

– Watch your knowledge improve using inbuilt progress reports

– Share your results with friends on Twitter & Facebook

– Gain insight into the layout of your exams through direct links to Physics GCSE past papers & mark schemes

How do I get it?

Download our GCSE Physics app for free or choose our ‘for schools’ version on the AppStore or Google Play

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All of your subjects grouped together at more than a 50% discount to individual download prices

For those that want to avoid the hassle of multiple app downloads, we also provide heavily discounted ‘bundles’, including our GCSE Science Suite as well as the whole Revision Buddies Collection

Below is a detailed breakdown of the carefully compiled content that students can pick and choose from for GCSE Physics:



Energy Transfer by heating processes

Energy transfer in and out of objects; energy transfer in everyday appliances; insulation and the uses of different materials; heat capacity evaluation; infrared radiation and surface absorption/reflection; kinetic theory and energy relations with solids, liquids and gases; conduction, convection, evaporation, condensation; factors that affect energy transfer; heating and insulation in buildings; understanding and using the U-factor and heat capacity

Energy and efficiency

Energy transfer, storage and dissipation; wasted energy; calculations for efficiency; the advantages and disadvantages of different electrical appliances

Using electrical appliances

Energy transfer in everyday electrical appliances and how they use energy; calculating energy transfer and cost

Generating Electricity

Evaluating different methods of generating electricity; supply and demand of electricity; differences between underground and overhead cables; power stations and energy sources; using wind and water to drive turbines; electricity production from the sun’s radiation; geothermal energy; hydroelectricity and solar cells; effects of energy use on the environment; understanding the National Grid

Waves and the Universe

Using different types of waves for communication; risks of using waves for communication; concepts of the beginning of the universe and its expansion; wave energy transfer; electromagnetic, sound and mechanical waves and their properties; wave travel through a vacuum; continuous spectrums; compression and rarefaction; reflection, refraction, diffraction; frequency, wavelength and amplitude; the wave equation; radio waves, microwaves, infrared and visible light uses in communication; red-shift; the Doppler effect; cosmic microwave background radiation; The Big Bang theory


Visible light and the Solar System

Geocentric and heliocentric models and the structure of the solar system; the milky way; observations of the universe with visible light; converging lenses, real and virtual images; understanding telescopes; reflection and refraction of waves between materials; understanding longitudinal and transverse waves and their relationship with sound, electromagnetic and seismic waves

The electromagnetic spectrum

Herschel and Ritter; understanding electromagnetic waves and the electromagnetic spectrum; effects of exposure to electromagnetic radiation; uses of electromagnetic radiation; understanding ionising radiations and alpha, beta particles and gamma rays

Waves and the Universe

The solar system and the Milky Way, understanding galaxies and the Universe; relative sizes of planets and the Sun; SETI and methods of gathering evidence of life beyond Earth; telescopes and their locations; life cycles of stars of different sizes

Waves and the Earth

Ultrasound and its uses; infrasound and its uses; seismic waves, earthquakes and explosions; predicting tsunamis and earthquakes; P and S waves; the structure of the Earth; plate boundaries

Generation and transmission of electricity

Understanding current and voltage and how they are measured; electricity production using non-renewable and renewable sources; factors effecting the generation of electric current; understanding direct and alternating current; transformers and the National Grid; compare and contrast advantages and disadvantages of energy-saving devices; cost efficiency and pay-back time

Energy and the future

Energy transfer chains; using diagrams to understand energy transfer; energy efficiency; understanding constant temperature; thermal radiation and absorption according to surface material

OCR 21st Century

The Earth in the Universe

The Earth and the Universe, understanding the differences between planets, moons, the Sun etc.; stars, galaxies and space; observing the night sky; redshift; the big bang theory and the Universe; how the Earth is changing; measuring the life of Earth; Wegener and continental drift; the sea floor; tectonic plates – earthquakes, volcanoes and mountains; P and S waves; the make-up of the Earth; understanding waves

Radiation and life

Types of electromagnetic radiation;  benefits and risks of using electromagnetic radiation; the ozone layer and changes in the atmosphere; protection from ultraviolet and ionising radiation; understanding greenhouse gases and the carbon cycle; global warming; waves and communication

Sustainable energy

Using energy and the primary energy sources; understanding power stations; calculate energy transfer and power and efficiency; generating electricity; understanding generators; power stations and nuclear, hydroelectric and thermal power; choosing energy sources; ionising radiation and radioactive waste; contamination and irradiation; Sankey diagrams; the National Grid; ways of reducing energy demands and using energy efficiently



Forces and their effects

Speed, velocity and acceleration; stopping distances; forces and terminal velocity; understanding velocity-time graphs; equal and opposite forces; resultant forces; forces and braking; forces and terminal velocity, Forces and elasticity

Kinetic energy

Forces and energy; understanding work done; gravitational potential energy; kinetic energy and its relations with mass and speed; understanding momentum

Currents and electrical circuits

Understanding static electricity; electricity conductors; charged objects repel and attract; current and voltage in electrical circuits; understanding circuit diagrams and symbols; resistance; in series and in parallel circuits; LEDs, LDRs, thermistors

Household electricity

Cells and batteries; understanding a.c. and d.c. current; mains electricity in the U.K.; the structure of an electric cable; wiring a plug; fuses and circuit breakers; current, charge and power

Atoms and radiation

Radioactive materials; background radiation; understanding atomic structure; alpha, beta and gamma radiation – similarities and differences; uses and dangers of nuclear radiation; understanding the half-life of a radioactive isotope

Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

Uranium-235 and plutonium-239; chain reactions; the formation of stars; lifecycles of stars depending on their size; supernovas


Static and current electricity

Understanding the structure of an atom; charging insulators; effects of gaining and losing electrons; like and unlike charges; understanding earthing; using electrostatic charges; current and current in metals; direct and alternating current

Controlling and using electric current

Using ammeters in series to measure current and factors that affect current; Using voltmeters in parallel to measure potential difference; potential difference, current and resistance; variations in a current and devices; resistance in LDRs and thermistors; energy transfer between electrons and ions in a lattice; using equations to calculate electrical power and energy transferred

Motion and forces

Understanding displacement, velocity, acceleration and force; interpreting distance/time graphs and velocity/time graphs; use equations to measure speed, acceleration, force and weight; action and reaction forces; understand the relationship between force, mass and acceleration; acceleration within a vacuum; air resistance

Momentum, energy, work and power

Stopping, thinking and breaking distances and factors that affect these things; understanding friction; calculating momentum of a moving object; linear momentum and conservation; use equations to calculate work done, power, gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy

Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

The structure of an atom; alpha and beta particles and gamma rays; losing and gaining electrons; fission of U-235; controlled nuclear chain reactions; understand the difference between nuclear fission and fusion; nuclear fusions and stars; considering scientific theories and validation amongst peers

Advantages and disadvantages of using radioactive materials

Background radiation; uses of radioactivity; lifetime of a radioactive source; measuring radioactivity and understanding a half-life; dangers of ionising radiation; understanding scientists changed perceptions of radioactivity over time; storage and disposal of nuclear waste; the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power

OCR 21st Century

Explaining motion

Describing motion; calculating speed, understanding velocity and acceleration and understanding speed/velocity graphs; identifying forces and their ‘partners’; forces and motion, resultant forces and change in momentum; stopping distances and road safety; motion and energy changes; calculating word done, changes in energy, GPE and KE; understanding losses due to air resistance and friction

Electric circuits

Electric current as a flow of charge; understanding how charge moves; determining the size of current in an electric circuit and how it transfers energy; voltage; current and resistance; understanding series and in parallel circuits – voltage and current; mains electricity; generators, transformers; differentiating between alternating and direct current; electric motors, how they work and their uses

Radioactive materials

Why materials are radioactive; the structure of an atom; nuclear fusion; understanding alpha, beta and gamma radiation; the workings of a half-life; safe use and handling of radioactive materials including waste; background radiation; using radiation; nuclear fission and nuclear power stations

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