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IB Group 4

Intent of the Programme

Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself from the very smallest particles – currently accepted as quarks, which may be truly fundamental – to the vast distances between galaxies.

Entry Recommendations:
Completion of the Year 11 Foundation Diploma Physics course with a grade of 5 or higher.

Areas of Study

The syllabus content for the IB Physics programme is split into three parts: the subject specific core (SSC), the Additional Higher Level material (AHL) and the option. A brief summary of this content is provided below:

Subject Specific Core:

  • Topic 1       Measurements and Uncertainties
  • Topic 2       Mechanics
  • Topic 3       Thermal Physics
  • Topic 4       Waves
  • Topic 5       Electricity and Magnetism
  • Topic 6       Circular Motion and Gravitation
  • Topic 7       Atomic, Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Topic 8       Energy Production

Additional Higher Level:

  • Topic 9       Wave Phenomena
  • Topic 10     Fields
  • Topic 11     Electromagnetic Induction
  • Topic 12     Quantum and Nuclear Physics

SL Option:

Option D    Astrophysics

HL Option:

Option D    Astrophysics


All candidates must also carry out a Group 4 project. Students who have completed a Year 11 physics course will be at a significant advantage for this course.


The final grade will be based on the examination result (80%) and on internally assessed practical work (20%).

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