A-level Physics

Physics has long been thought of as the most fundamental of all sciences, with studies ranging in scale from massive objects such as galaxies to studying the tiniest particles. A-Level Physics teaches it all
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A-level Physics Edexcel online course

Do you know how mobile phones work? How do we walk without slipping? How do we hear things through earphones? Our A-level Physics online course is more than just black holes and the atmosphere; it examines all the invisible forces that govern our world, providing answers to puzzling questions.

In this engaging A-level Physics online course, you’ll cover everything from Newton’s law of gravity to the frequency of electromagnetic waves and the orbits of planets. You’ll learn how physical science contributes to society and functions in the world around us. Physics as a subject is highly respected by employers and offers ample career opportunities.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - Working as a Physicist

    • Motion & acceleration
    • Constant speed or velocity equation 
    • Mass & weight
    • Waves
    • Basic atomic structure
  2. Unit 2 - Mechanics

    • Scalars and vectors
    • Moments
    • Straight line motion
    • Projectile motion
    • Newton’s Laws of Motion
    • Momentum
    • Work, energy, and power
  3. Unit 3 - Electric Circuits

    • Current electricity
    • Electrical components, including conductors and insulators
    • Resistance and resistivity
    • Electromotive force
    • Circuit calculations
  4. Unit 4 - Materials

    • Density
    • Comparing springs using Hooke’s law
    • Stress & strain
  5. Unit 5 - Waves and the Particulate Nature of Light

    • Progressive and stationary waves
    • Refraction, diffraction, and interference
    • Total internal reflection
    • Spectra
  6. Unit 6 - Further Mechanics and Oscillations

    • Periodic motion
    • Simple harmonic motion
    • Simple harmonic systems
    • Forced vibrations and resonance
  7. Unit 7 - Electric and Magnetic Fields

    • Coulomb’s Law
    • Field patterns
    • Electric field strength
    • Capacitance
    • Energy storage
    • Charge and discharge
    • Dielectrics
    • Magnetic field patterns & flux density
    • Electromagnetic induction
    • Faraday’s & Lenz’s laws
    • Transformers
  8. Unit 8 - Nuclear and Particle Physics

    • Basic atomic & nuclear structure
    • Isotopes
    • The strong nuclear force
    • Particles & interactions
    • Antiparticles
    • The four fundamental forces
    • Particle classification & conservation laws
    • Electromagnetic radiation
  9. Unit 9 - Thermodynamics

    • Thermal energy transfer
    • Changing states
    • Molecular kinetic theory and kinetic energy
    • Avogadro’s law
  10. Unit 10 - Space

    • Astrophysics
    • Distance, luminosity & flux
    • Hertzsprung-Russell diagram
    • Cosmology
    • Binding energy and fission
    • Expansion of the universe and The Hubble Constant
  11. Unit 11 - Nuclear Radiation

    • Radioactivity
    • Rutherford scattering
    • α, β, & γ radiation
    • Radioactive decay
    • Applications of radioactive isotopes
    • Nuclear energy
    • Fission & fusion
  12. Unit 12 - Gravitational Fields

    • Newton’s Law of Gravitation (The Third Law)
    • Orbits of planets and satellites
  13. Preparing for the examinations

    • Paper 1 Advanced Physics 1
    • Paper 2 Advanced Physics 2
    • Paper 3 General and Practical Principles in Physics

Awarding Body

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Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and workplaces in the UK and abroad. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body covering A-Level Courses and GCSE Courses.

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Course Outcome

Upon successfully completing this distance learning course, you will receive the qualification: A-level Physics, issued by Edexcel. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college, or university.

Oxbridge has chosen this syllabus (9PH0) because it is the best suited to online learning and we believe it provides the greatest chance of success.

How is this course assessed or examined?

You’ll be required to complete three standard written exams:

    • Paper 1 Advanced Physics I: 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of A-level.
    • Paper 2 Advanced Physics II: 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of A-level.

    • Paper 3 General and Practical Principles in Physics: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A-level.

These exams contain a mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions, data analysis and extended response questions.

The assessment of practical skills is a compulsory requirement of A-level Physics. It will appear on all certificates as a separately reported result alongside the overall grade for the qualification. You will be required to carry out a minimum of 12 practical activities.

Entry requirements

It is strongly recommended that you have studied Physics GCSE or equivalent level before starting this course. This Edexcel A-level Physics syllabus is a difficulty level three: an A-level or BTEC equivalent difficulty, usually suitable for most learners of all ages.

Where will my exam take place?

As an Oxbridge student, you will be guaranteed access to one of our exam centres located across the country. You may also want to consider taking a Practical Endorsement to apply the theoretical knowledge you’ll gain from studying our online A-level Physics course in a practical, lab-based setting, though this is completely optional.

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