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Physics is the branch of science which is concerned with matter and energy. Studying Physics provides you with an understanding of the fundamental principles of the universe. Covering topics such as particles and radiation to electronics.

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A Level Physics

Course code: 7408

Delivery method: Online

Course duration: 24 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: AQA A Level Physics

Awarding body: AQA

The first time the full A Level exams can be taken is June 2017, the AS exams can be taken from June 2016.

Physics is the branch of science which is concerned with matter and energy. Studying Physics provides you with an understanding of the fundamental principles of the universe. Covering topics such as particles and radiation to electronics.

This qualification is a gateway to higher education and is perfect for students planning on studying engineering or sciences.

During this A Level course in Physics you will cover subjects like mechanics, particles, radiation and astrophysics. Due to the scope of topics covered A Level Physics is favoured among universities and employers.

You will develop and hone your skills in the subject as well as gaining a real enthusiasm for the subject matter. Physics makes an ideal choice for those students with interests in medicine, science and engineering.

Upon successful completion of the exam and practical assessments (as administered by AQA), you will have achieved an internationally recognised AQA A Level Physics.

  • Develop mathematical and problem solving skills
  • Understand how Physics is used in a wider context
  • Preparation for further study and or careers related to the subject
  • Understand the impact sciences have on both the economy and society
  • Develop scientific explanations
  • Analyse and interpret data

This course is divided into 3 units:

Unit 1: Content from topics 1-5 and 6.1

Written examination: 2 hours. 34% of A-Level. 85 Marks

  • 60 marks = A mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 25 marks = Multiple choice questions

Unit 2: Content from topics 1 to 6.1, 6.2, 7 and 8

Written examination: 2 hours. 34% of A Level. 85 Marks

  • 60 marks = A mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 25 marks = Multiple choice questions

Unit 3: Section A: Practical skills and data analysis & Section B: Students enter for one of topics 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13

Written examination: 2 hours. 32% of A Level. 80 Marks

  • 45 marks = A mixture of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis
  • 35 marks = A mixture of long and short answer questions on chosen optional topic

Your A-Level grade will be based on written examinations. However, to pass you must undergo an assessment of practical skills. These are:

  1. Investigation into the variation of the frequency of stationary waves on a string with length, tension and mass per unit length of the string
  2. Investigation of interference effects to include the Young’s slit experiment and interference by a diffraction grating
  3. Determination of by a free-fall method
  4. Determination of the Young modulus by a simple method
  5. Determination of resistivity of a wire using a micrometer, ammeter and voltmeter
  6. Investigation of the emf and internal resistance of electric cells and batteries by measuring the variation of the terminal pd of the cell with current in it
  7. Investigation into simple harmonic motion using a mass-spring system and a simple pendulum
  8. Investigation of Boyle’s (constant temperature) law and Charles’s (constant pressure) law for a gas
  9. Investigation of the charge and discharge of capacitors. Analysis techniques should include log-linear plotting leading to a determination of the time constant
  10. Investigate how the force on a wire varies with flux density, current and length of wire using a top pan balance
  11. Investigate, using a search coil and oscilloscope, the effect on magnetic flux linkage of varying the angle between a search coil and magnetic field direction
  12. Investigation of the inverse-square law for gamma radiation

Structured in thirteen topics across three exams AQA A-Level Physics contains both compulsory and optional content.

If the content is listed as optional you have a choice of questions relating to these topics when you sit your exam. Your tutor may advise on what topics you should focus on when studying.

Compulsory Content:

Topic 1: Measurements and their errors

Topic 2: Particles and radiation

Topic 3: Waves

Topic 4: Mechanics and materials

Topic 5: Electricity

Topic 6: Further mechanics and thermal physics

Topic 7: Fields and their consequences

Topic 8: Nuclear physics

Optional Content

Topic 9: Astrophysics

Topic 10: Medical physics

Topic 11: Engineering physics

Topic 12: Turing points in physics

Topic 13: Electronics

The AQA A Level Physics qualification is gained once all 3 exam papers and 12 practical assessments are successfully completed. These exams are administered by the AQA and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments.

The practicals are not marked, but you will need to be observed by an examination centre to demonstrate competence in the different techniques. The practicals are usually held in Spring of each year, while the written exams are in May/June.

In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

Online and Paper Based

The course is primarily an online course using a Learning Management System (LMS).

The online course has many features that cannot be printed such as embedded videos, forums and interactive tests.

The course includes Tutor Marked Assessments which you access and submit through the online system.

Our Self-Learning Courses let you choose when you want to learn and how fast you want to go. Our Course is designed for the self-study method, and most students are fine without help.

However, we understand every student is not the same, you can choose to add one year of tutor support for only £55 per year .You will receive tutor feedback and support by email for 12 months.

One-on-one Support:

One-on-one Tutors are available online across all subjects. All Tutors are fully qualified. When working one-on-one with a tutor, the child is the session’s focus. Individual students receive better and more personalised feedback. One-on-one tutoring can help you learn more than just the answer to a problem. Tutoring is flexible based on needs.

A personal tutor will take the time to understand the child’s strengths and weaknesses and work with them and their parents to establish common goals. The tutor will provide undivided attention to the student’s specific needs, adapting as necessary to achieve a common goal throughout the session.

One-on-one tutoring fees start from £30 per hour. Please get in touch with us if you need one-on-one tutor support.



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