Physics 01/11/2019

Physics GCSE 2019 – Examiner report update


This blog provides an updated summary of the examiner reports for the Physics GCSE Science papers. It covers both 2018 and 2019.

The introduction of the new ‘9-1’ Science GCSEs has been a challenging experience for students and teachers alike. Consequently, examiners’ reports are more useful than ever as a diagnostic tool to help teachers provide targeted guidance to students taking these exams in future.

This blog provides a summary of the examiners’ reports for both the 2018 and 2019 Physics papers. Next to each point, we highlight the relevant year.

The summary covers both combined science and the separate sciences, foundation tier and higher tier. We have used the examiner reports prepared for the AQA exam board, but the same lessons apply to students taking Edexcel and OCR exams.

The links below provide tables of grade boundaries for all three sciences.



Overall, calculation questions involving equation recall were answered better this year than in 2018 and students are scoring many of their marks by answering subsequent calculation questions correctly. [2019]

It’s necessary to learn all of the ‘recall and apply’ equations on the physics equation sheet (available directly from a student’s video dashboard on My GCSE Science). For comprehensive advice, read this blog: Blog: Equations in GCSE Physics

We’ve split the examiners comments into four broad (and overlapping) categories: Key exam skills, Maths and graph skills, Required practicals and Subject areas for development.


Key exam skills

The errors above can be addressed by using My GCSE Science to help improve students’ exam technique. My GCSE Science long-form exam-style questions and corresponding mark schemes help students build an in-depth understanding of each topic while at the same time developing exam technique.

Our teachers have also written blogs that deal directly with exam skills. They cover all of the issues raised by the examiners and are free to access on


Maths and graph skills

Our teachers have written blogs that deal directly with maths and graph skills. They cover all of the issues raised by the examiners and are available free on


Required practicals

It’s clear that, in preparing students for the 2020 exams, a focus on the teaching and learning of required practicals continues to be essential for all schools.

My GCSE Science complements lab demonstrations with learning videos on each of the required practicals. These videos are useful as preparation ahead of a class demonstrations and can also be used for revision. Our exam-style questions on practicals thoroughly test students’ knowledge and help prepare them for the exams. All videos on required practicals are available by clicking on the PRACTICALS button at the top of the video dashboard, or by using the SEARCH function.

In addition, our teachers have prepared a number of blogs that deal directly with the issues raised by examiners and summarised above. The blogs are invaluable sources of advice on required practicals and graph skills, for teachers and students alike. They are available free on


Subject areas for development



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