Topics in IGCSE Physics (differences between Core and Extended)

5 October, 2020
Topics in IGCSE Physics (differences between Core and Extended) – IGCSE is now also one of the programs chosen by many students, so what are the topics in IGCSE Physics (differences between Core and Extended)?

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IGCSE curriculum is designed for students from 14 to 16 years old equivalent to secondary school in Vietnam. Students will have to choose between 6 and 9 for two years, drawn from a list of 70 subjects, each of which will be divided into Core and Extended levels.

IGCSE has always been accepted and appreciated by universities as proof of student achievement. Along with science subjects such as Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physics is also a subject that students are interested in and often have difficulty in self-study. So, what are the topics in IGCSE Physics (differences between Core and Extended)?

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Topics in IGCSE Physics (differences between Core and Extended)

IGCSE Physics program covers 5 major topics: general physics, wave properties (including sound waves and light waves), electricity and magnetism, thermal physics and atomic physics, among them will be divided into small sections such as:

  • General physics: length and time, motion, mass and weight…
  • Thermal physics: molecular model of kinetics, simple thermal and thermal properties…
  • Wave properties: sound waves, light waves…
  • Electricity and magnetism: magnetic phenomena, electrical quantities, electrical circuits…
  • Atomic physics: nuclear atoms, radioactivity…
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So what’s the difference between Core and Extended?

Core Extended
Curriculum The program is designed in accordance with the level of all students, is the most basic knowledge Including the knowledge at Core and advanced knowledge, close to programs like IB, AP, A-level…
Scale Core score is calculated from point C to point G, students usually score C, D, E are considered completed and passed Extended score is calculated from A* to E, A* is the highest score, B and C are the scores a student needs to pass


Whether Core or Extended, students will still undergo 3 assessment tests in the form of multiple choice, theory, or practice replacement with scores of 30%, 50% and 20% respectively.

To achieve high results in exams, students need to find reliable resources. If you have difficulty in self-study or want to accumulate new knowledge, finding a teaching assistant center is also necessary to gain more learning experience, homework and new knowledge.

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