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A Level Physics Online Course

This A Level Physics Distance Learning Course is relevant to real world experiences and is interesting to learn.  The specifications available are a stepping stone to future study, allowing students to develop the skills that are vital at university level.  The subject will inspire students, nurture a passion for Physics and lay the groundwork for further study in science or engineering.

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Course Description

This A Level Physics Distance Learning Online Course is ideal for anyone wishing to gain a knowledge and understanding of this subject or for anyone who wishes to study at a higher level at University and gain UCAS points. You will also find this course extremely valuable if you are looking for a progression route for further training whilst employed.

Our courses at International Home Study allow our students to work at their own pace and we work to ensure all our student’s needs are met. Our resources will cover the requirements of the course making sure you stay on track with the subject you choose.

Support

The course will be delivered online including Tutor Support for two years. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor and you must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.

Our courses at International Home Study allow our students to work at their own pace and we work to ensure all our student’s needs are met. Our resources will cover the requirements of the course making sure you stay on track with the subject you choose.

Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. You will also have access to a range of online resources.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations at an approved centre when an examination forms part of the course. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

Whats included?

Students will be provided with logins for the student portal where they will find all the study materials they need to complete their course. They will also be provided with an e-textbook to assist them in completing their assignments.

Students will be provided with a Tutor who will help guide them through their course, and their Tutor will expect them to submit a number of assignments in order that their progress can be monitored. These assignments will be graded for them and feedback provided. You will also be able to ask the Tutor any questions about the course or for more help if needed. Once their course has been completed, they will then be allocated practice exam papers to ensure that they are familiar with the procedure and layout of their exams. Learners will be expected to complete these under exam conditions (i.e.. stick to the time scales allowed and try to find somewhere quiet), their Tutor can then provide them with a grade and feedback. More practice papers can be provided if required.

Science Practicals

All of our A Level awarding bodies will give you a full A Level qualification. There will be slight differences between the specifications and what you will actually learn.

For the Science courses (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), there would be a difference in how you sit practical elements.

AQA offer practicals but they are optional.

With the Cambridge exam board, you will be expected to perform the practical elements, they are compulsory. Which means finding an exam centre that has a lab for you to complete this.

With Edexcel, the practical elements are all taught in theory and are assessed via a written exam, therefore you can sit your full exam at a typical Edexcel approved exam centre.

More information about science practicals can be found here.

Fees

knowledgeable-tutors-onlineCourse fees for payment in full include:

  • Assessment and feedback on all assignments.
  • Access to your personal Tutor via our online portal.
  • Access to a range of online resources, student materials, assessments, assignments, eBooks etc
  • Practice exam papers to prepare you for the real thing.
  • Help with UCAS application if attending University.
  • Tutor references and predicted grades once a satisfactory amount of work has been completed.
  • Help finding an exam centre for you to sit your exam.

AQA

Specification codes: 

AS Level Physics 7407 

A Level Physics 7408 

AQA exams: June  

AQA Study Hours: 300 – 360 hours


With this A’ Level Physics Course you will be able to explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of. You can probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join Physicists and enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experiences.  

The course is also ideal for anyone wishing to study at a higher level at University and gain UCAS points, Plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers. 

This course is designed to build naturally on GCSE understanding with minimal duplication of content and develop skills involving fieldwork. 

This A’ Level Physics course forms part of the linear qualifications. This means that learners will sit exams for their particular qualification at the end of the completed course in the June series.

You will not be able to carry forward your AS qualification to the A’ Level qualification as they are now classed as entirely independent qualifications and you will sit either AS or A’ Level exams.  

AS Modules: 

1.Measurements and their errors 

  • Use of SI units and their refixes 
  • Limitation of physical measurements 
  • Estimation of physical quantities 

2.Particles and radiation 

  • Particles 
  • Electromagnetic radiation and quantum phenomena 

3.Waves 

  • Progressive and stationary waves 
  • Refraction, diffraction and interference

4.Mechanics and Materials 

  • Force, energy and momentum 
  • Materials 

5.Electricity 

  • Current electricity 

Overall, at least 15% of the marks for an AS Physics qualification will require the assessment of practical skills.  

A Level Modules: 

Measurements and their errors

  • Use of SI units and their refixes 
  • Limitation of physical measurements 
  • Estimation of physical quantities 

Particles and radiation

  • Particles 
  • Electromagnetic radiation and quantum phenomena 

Waves

  • Progressive and stationary waves 
  • Refraction, diffraction and interference 

Mechanics and Materials

  • Force, energy and momentum 
  • Materials 

Electricity

  • Current electricity 

Further Mechanics and thermal physics

  • Periodic motion 
  • Thermal physics 

 Fields and their consequences

  • Fields 
  • Gravitational fields 
  • Electric fields 
  • Capacitance 
  • Magnetic fields 

Nuclear physics

  • Radioactivity 

Additional unit for A’ Level 

Astrophysics

  • Telescopes 
  • Classification of stars 
  • Cosmology 

 At least 15% of the overall assessment of A-level Physics will assess knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to practical work.  

Practical Assessment
Assessment of practical skills in the AS specification will be by written exams only. Therefore, the practical endorsement does not apply to the AS specification. At least 15% of the marks for the AS Physics qualification will require the assessment of practical skills through written exams only. 

For the Full A Level, practical assessments have been divided into those that can be assessed in written exams and those that can only be directly assessed whilst learners are carrying out experiments. 

A-level grades will be based only on marks from written exams. A separate endorsement of practical skills can be taken alongside the A-level. 

Exams 

AS Assessments: 

Paper 1:  

Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 

Availability: June 

Assessment Overview: Short and long answer questions on sections 1- 5  

70 marks 

50% of AS 

Paper 2:  

Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 

Availability: June 

Assessment Overview: 

Section A: 20 marks of short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis. 

Section B: 20 marks of short and long answer questions from across all areas of AS content. 

Section C: 30 multiple choice questions 

70 marks 

50 % of AS 

A Level Assessmenst:  

Paper 1:  

Written Examination: 2 hours 

Availability: June 

Assessment Overview: 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on sections 1-5 and 6.1 (periodic motion) 

85 marks 

34% of A Level 

Paper 2:  

Written Examination: 2 hours 

Availability: June 

Assessment Overview: 60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8. Assumed knowledge of sections 1 – 6.1 

85 marks 

34% of A Level 

Paper 3:  

Written Examination: 2 hours 

Availability: June 

Assessment Overview:  

45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis. 

35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic- 9. Astrophysics 

80 marks 

32% of A Level 

 

Cambridge Exam Board

Awarding Body: Cambridge

Cambridge Course Code: 9702

Cambridge Exams: June & November (exams also available in March in India)

Cambridge Study Hours: 300 – 360 hours


This International A’ Level Physics Course with Cambridge builds on the skills acquired at GCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, a section on some current applications of physics, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination.

The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of physics ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. Cambridge International AS and A Level Physics is ideal for learners who want to study physics or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science.

The key concepts for Cambridge International AS & A Level Physics are:

  • Models of physical systems
    Physics is the science that seeks to understand the behaviour of the Universe. The development of models of physical systems is central to physics. Models simplify, explain and predict how physical systems behave.
  • Testing predictions against evidence
    Physical models are usually based on prior observations, and their predictions are tested to check that they are consistent with the behaviour of the real world. This testing requires evidence, often obtained from experiments.
  • Mathematics as a language, and problem-solving tool
    Mathematics is integral to physics, as it is the language that is used to express physical principles and models. It is also a tool to analyse theoretical models, solve quantitative problems and produce predictions.
  • Matter, energy and waves
    Everything in the Universe comprises matter and/or energy. Waves are a key mechanism for the transfer of energy and are essential to many modern applications of physics.
  • Forces and fields
    The way that matter and energy interact is through forces and fields. The behaviour of the Universe is governed by fundamental forces with different magnitudes that interact over different distances. Physics involves study of these interactions across distances ranging from the very small (quantum and particle physics) to the very large (astronomy and cosmology).

Modules

Candidates for Cambridge International AS Level Physics study the following topics:

  1. Physical quantities and units
  2. Kinematics
  3. Dynamics
  4. Forces, density and pressure
  5. Work, energy and power
  6. Deformation of solids
  7. Waves
  8. Superposition
  9. Electricity
  10. C. circuits
  11. Particle physics

AS Level candidates also study practical skills.

Candidates for Cambridge International A Level Physics study the AS Level topics and the following topics:

  1. Motion in a circle
  2. Gravitational fields
  3. Temperature
  4. Ideal gases
  5. Thermodynamics
  6. Oscillations
  7. Electric fields
  8. Capacitance
  9. Magnetic fields
  10. Alternating currents
  11. Quantum physics
  12. Nuclear physics
  13. Medical physics
  14. Astronomy and cosmology

A level candidates also study practical skills.

Exam Papers

Paper 1: Multiple Choice

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Availability: June and November (March in India only)

Assessment Overview: Multiple Choice questions based on the AS Level syllabus content.

40 marks

Paper 2: As Level Structured

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Availability: June and November (March in India only)

Assessment Overview: Structured questions based on the AS Level Syllabus content

60 marks

Paper 3: Advanced Practical Skills

Time: 2 hours

Availability: June and November (March in India only)

Assessment overview: Practical work and structured questions based on the experimental skills in the Practical assessment section of the syllabus.

40 marks

Paper 4: A Level Structured Questions

Time: 2 hours

Availability: June and November (March in India only)

Assessment Overview: Structured questions based on the A Level syllabus content; knowledge of material from the AS Level syllabus content will be required.

100 marks

Paper 5: Planning, Analysis and Evaluation

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Availability: June and November (March in India only)

Assessment Overview: Questions based on the experimental skills of planning, analysis and evaluation.

30 marks

Q&A

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 2 years from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor. You do not have to wait until September, when a traditional school starts. 

Once you enrol, you will have access to our online portal 24/7. Here you will find study materials that have been specially prepared by your tutor, there will be assessments, study notes, eBooks and assignments all relating to your course. Everything in this course is structured to follow the course specification, so all topics and units cover everything you need to learn. Your tutor will mark your work and give you written feedback on areas you need to improve or explain what you have done well. You can also ask your tutor questions if you get stuck on a topic or need something explaining a little more. 

When you approach the exams, your tutor will set you a series of practise exam papers so that you can know what to expect in your exam, and you can go into them feeling confident.

You will be provided with eBooks for this course. If you want to purchase physical books in addition, then we can provide you with the book ISBN numbers.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations (including any practicals they wish to take) at an approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

Most of our A Levels are available internationally. We offer A Levels with three different awarding bodies, AQA, Cambridge and Edexcel. If the course is only available via the AQA awarding body then of course you can still take our course, however the exams must be taken in the UK.

Cambridge, and Edexcel both have international exam centres, so you may be able to take the exams locally to you. Should you need any help, then please do get in touch and we can assist you on this. 

We recommend that you are able to dedicate between 300 and 360 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Yes, you can work at your own pace to complete this course. Despite having 24 months Tutor Support, once you enrol you will be asked when you wish to complete, and your tutor can work along side you to achieve this.

For example, any A-Level course undertaken has a recommended 360 guided learning hours. Breaking down a 360 hour course into 12 weeks, you would need to be able to commit to 30 hours per week of studying. It is entirely up to you the amount of time you can commit to studying. But with online learning, having the flexibility is a real advantage. This allows you to set the pace. Take your time or Fast-track, get the qualification when you need it.

Yes you will gain UCAS points and these depend on your final grade once you have completed your exams. 

For more information about UCAS points click here

All of our A Level awarding bodies will give you a full A Level qualification. There will be slight differences between the specifications and what you will actually learn. 

For the Science courses (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), there would be a difference in how you sit practical elements. 

AQA offers practicals but they are optional.

With the Cambridge exam board, you will be expected to perform the practical elements, they are compulsory. Which means finding an exam centre that has a lab for you to complete this. 

With Edexcel, the practical elements are all taught in theory and are assessed via a written exam, therefore you can sit your full exam at a typical Edexcel approved exam centre. 

More information about science practicals can be found here

In most cases yes, what we would ask is for the course codes that you have taken in sixth form/college and we will see if we can match them up. 

In most cases you can, If you go to the individual course page you should be able to see if this option is available for you. 

It is recommended that you aim to book your examinations 4/6 month prior to sitting them to avoid late entry fee charges.  Additionally, we would advise that you contact a few exam centres and find out the best price, as they can fluctuate greatly. 

You will sit the same exam as thousands of students across the country in an exam centre, and achieve the same qualification as everyone else. A-Level qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career.

Just like sitting your A Levels in a school, your tutor will be able to provide you with predicted grades, and references for university applications. 

Of course, all of our courses are tailored to cover the entire specification and are split into topics. You will have assignments to complete on every topic where your tutor will give you feedback. If you are struggling with an aspect then you can message your tutor and they can provide more information for you.

As your exams approach, your tutor will set a series of exam papers for you to take, so you can get a feel for the real thing.

If you complete all of your assignments, and your practise exam papers then there is no reason why you shouldn’t achieve a top grade. 

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