A-level Physics

Explore the building blocks that form our universe and delve into the science of tomorrow with A-level Physics.

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Overview

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'll learn

Unit 1 - Particles and radiation

In this section of the Physics A-level course, you’ll explore the fundamental properties of matter. You’ll learn the structure of an atom, including the proton, neutron and electron, the role of nuclear force and the interaction between particles and antiparticles.

Unit 2 - Waves

Wave phenomena are covered in this module, teaching you the characteristics, properties and applications of travelling waves and stationary waves. You’ll learn all about refraction and diffraction, as well as the nature of longitudinal and transverse waves.

Unit 3 - Force, energy and momentum

In unit three of A-level Physics, you’ll cover scalars and vectors, straight lines and motion, as well as displacement, velocity and acceleration. You’ll also study Newton’s laws, momentum, work, energy and power.

Unit 4 - Electricity

This section provides the chance to develop practical skills and lays the groundwork for later study of the many electrical applications that are important to society. You’ll learn about how to construct circuits and the relationships between currents, voltages and resistances in series and parallel circuits.

Unit 5 - Further mechanics and thermal physics

Your study of mechanics will be further advanced in this module through a consideration of circular motion and simple harmonic motion. You’ll study the thermal properties of materials, the nature of ideal gases and the molecular kinetic theory. It’s all about how the internal energy of a system is increased or decreased.

Unit 6 - Fields and their consequences

The concept of field is one of the great unifying ideas in physics. The ideas of gravitation, electrostatics and magnetic field theory are explored within this section. These topics have a considerable impact on modern society. By studying this module, you’ll also understand the application of Newton’s law of gravitational fields.

Unit 7 - Nuclear physics

In this section, you’ll learn all about nuclear power and the properties of unstable nuclei, as well as the link between energy and mass. You’ll develop an understanding of the physics that underpins nuclear energy production and the impact that it can have on society.

Unit 8 - Medical physics

In the final unit of Physics A-level, you’ll explore the balance between risk and benefits in the uses of radiation in medicine. You’ll also study the physics of the ear, develop your skills in calculating biological measurements and cover basic atomic structure and electrical circuits.

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AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSE courses, IGCSE courses and A-level courses.

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This course carries UCAS points. This means that it can be used to gain direct access to University courses and other Higher Education, through the UCAS system.

Course Outcome

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

Oxbridge has chosen this syllabus (7408) because it is the best suited to online learning and we believe it provides the best chance of success.

How is this course assessed or examined?

You can enrol now for A-level Physics examinations for Summer 2024.

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

  • Paper 1: 2 hours, 34% of A-level, 85 marks.
  • Paper 2: 2 hours, 34% of A-level, 85 marks.
  • Paper 3: 2 hours, 32% of A-level, 80 marks.

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

Entry requirements

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

FAQs

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Can I sign up for a Student Beans account and get Student Discounts?

Yes! One of the many benefits of being an Oxbridge student is that you get access to great discounts with a Student Beans account! Eligibility criteria apply and acceptance is made at the discretion of Student Beans. Find out how to sign up.

Can you provide a reference for my UCAS application?

Oxbridge is able to provide an academic reference for you however, we cannot provide a personal reference as this needs to be someone who knows you personally.

Can I get predicted grades for my UCAS application?

Absolutely! We can process a predicted grade for you once you have completed a total of four assignments – this can be sent over to you via email or letter which can then be passed on to UCAS for your application.

Exam Results: I need to resit my exams, can I enrol with Oxbridge?

At Oxbridge, we take enrolments all year round. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll be able to get started right away. Studying online means your work and revision fit around you and your lifestyle. For example, if you have a part-time job or need to study alongside other subjects, you’ll be able to find time to fit our online courses into your schedule.

Enjoy flexible, convenient, affordable learning, fully supported by expert tutors who are passionate about their subjects. We pride ourselves on the quality of our course tutors and know that they hold the key to success. Whatever your goals, dreams or aspirations, Oxbridge is here to help you facilitate them.

Exam Results: When will I receive my certificate?

Oxbridge students who sat their exams through our partnership exam centres will usually receive their certificates in November. Certificates will be sent out by recorded delivery.

Wondering what to do next? There are so many options available, it’s important to get the right advice. Whether your choice is to continue onto further education, go into job training or get an apprenticeship and whether your grades are high or low – there are always options! Speak to an adviser today to see how we can support you on your next steps…

Exam Results: I didn't pass English or Maths, what do I do next?

First of all, don’t worry – everything will be okay. Unfortunately, if you didn’t get a grade 4 or higher (equivalent to a C or above) in your English and Maths, you will have to re-take it in order to pass. Oxbridge is ready and available to support you with this. Get in touch via live chat, phone or email.

Exam Results: I have individual unit marks, but no overall grade. What should I do?

Check for a cash-in code on your statement of entry. If there isn’t one, cash-in may not have been applied for. Cash-in can be applied for retrospectively from your exam centre and once entered you can expect an overall grade in one week.

Exam Results: I haven't done as well as I expected in my exams. Is there anything I can do?

Yes! There are a number of post-result services available. Your entering centre will be able to provide you with further information and will process any requests for you. If you’re not sure where to turn, our friendly learning advisers are on hand and ready to help you.

Can I study this AQA A-level course if I do not live in England?

Yes! All of our learning is online, however, you will need to sit your exams in England. Find out more about exams.

What can I do with my A-levels?

A-levels are a universal way to demonstrate academic competency in a multitude of disciplines. A-levels are subject-based qualifications that lead to either university, further study, training, or work. A-levels serve as a standardised way to demonstrate your academic ability and are very common entry requirements to most higher-level courses.

Why study an online A-level course from home?

A-levels can be studied from home with Oxbridge, using our online platform. On average we find that students receive 20% higher grades and pass around 30% more quickly than in a traditional college.

How many UCAS points is an A-level course?

A-levels are the most common way to access university in the UK. The system in which this is done is called UCAS. This stands for: “the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service”. See the A-level UCAS tariff points breakdown below:

  • A* – 56
  • A – 48
  • B – 40
  • C – 32
  • D – 24
  • E – 16
What A-Level courses should I take?

If you’re planning on going on to a degree, your chosen university will usually publish their entry requirements for each course on their website. See how these subjects feel and decide if you would enjoy them as they will form much of the base knowledge for your degree.

If you’re not entirely sure what to study, there are some standard subjects that many students choose to help them secure a place at a prestigious university, such as one of the Russell Group universities. These courses are known as the ‘facilitating courses’ and include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Literature, Geography, History, Maths, Further Maths, Modern Languages and Classical Languages.

Generally speaking, taking two facilitating subjects will allow you to keep your progression options open. For further help and guidance, we have written a detailed guide on How to Choose A-Levels.

How long does it take to study an A-level?

It’s possible to study an A-level course both full-time and part-time. Normally students would study for two years, but with Oxbridge, you can also fast-track your course to complete it in one year.

What are A-Levels?

A-levels (also known as Advanced level qualifications) entail in-depth study of a chosen subject in order to open doors to further study including University, training, and work.

A-levels courses tend to focus on specific academic subjects such as Mathematics, English and the Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course material and the exams you take will be the same everywhere.

Why study A-level Physics?

You’ll also gain a range of skills in data interpretation, investigation and evaluation and develop transferable skills in analytics, communication, technical ability and organisation – perfect for carrying forward to higher education and future careers such as engineering, computer science, applied science and IT.

Are there assignments for this Physics AQA A-level course?

Yes, during your course you’ll be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute to your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to monitor your progress and will be used to produce predicted grades if needed.

Does this Physics A-level course have any additional requirements?

Some students, such as those who wish to go on to study medicine at university, may need to complete a practical endorsement as part of their qualification. Check with your university if your chosen area of study requires this and if it does, this can be arranged through our examination partners, Tutors & Exams.

How much do exams cost?

Many of our courses do not require exams however, A-levels, GCSEs and some other courses do require exams to complete the qualification. Exam fees are additional to the cost of the course and prices vary depending on the course and where you sit them – find out more.

Planning on studying A-levels or GCSEs with us? We can add your exams during enrolment and blend them into your monthly payment plan if you wish. If you’re not ready to book your exam(s) yet, you can book them at a later date – all of the information is available on MyOxbridge under NEAS and Exams.

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