Cambridge Physics O Level Subject Introduction

For students to take an informed interest in science and its developments, the Cambridge O Level Physics syllabus introduces the technological world to the students in which they live. Students gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of physics through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. This also enabled students to develop an understanding of the scientific skills important for further study at Cambridge International AS and A Level, which are useful in everyday life. Scientific research shows that communities and the environment are served with both good and bad effects. Through progress, students gain knowledge that how science is studied and practiced.

Study of Physics:

Physics is “the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them”, but it really means is that physics is about trying, observing and answering the questions by observations and experiments.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed at the end of the course using two components:

  • Paper 1: Multiple Choice
  • Paper 2: Theory

Components at a glance

This summarizes the key information about each examination paper.

Paper 1

Type: Multiple Choice Questions

Duration: 1 hour

Marks: 40 marks

Details: You have to answer 40 multiple-choice questions. There are two sections.

Section A contains short structured questions where you may have to write a few words or sentences or make a calculation. You must answer all the questions.

Section B has three longer questions. Each question is worth 15 marks. You must answer two of the three questions, so take your time to read them carefully before choosing which questions to answer. Questions on Section 25 (Electronic Systems) will always be optional.

Percentage of Qualification: 27.6

Paper 2

Type: Theory

Duration: 1¾ hours

Marks: 75 marks

Details: You have to answer Short answer and structured questions. You have to choose one of the four possible answers in each question. The multiple-choice questions cover the entire syllabus, apart from Section 25 on Electronic Systems.

Percentage of Qualification: 51.7

About the practical papers

Paper 3

Type: Practical Test

Duration: 2 hours

Marks: 30 marks

Detail: You do a practical exam which is supervised by a teacher.

Paper 4

Type: Alternative to Practical

Duration: 1 hour

Marks: 30 marks

Details: You have to answer a written paper about practical work