Physics GCSE

Our course code: X814

Course fee: £495 or from £37 per month

Enrol on this course

Physics is a subject that covers the building blocks and forces of everything in the universe. The study of physics is the basis of a huge number of career and learning paths, including astronomy, environmental science, and engineering. It offers you the chance to look out into the darkness of space or into the magnetic forces that govern our planet, covering everything from heat, light, magnetism, and electricity.

Our home learning GCSE Physics course is packed full of examples, diagrams, and explanations to aid your understanding and help you visualise the topics as you work through them. This course will give you a good foundation to progress onto Physics at A-Level and university. GCSEs are the most widely taken qualification in the UK and considered the educational standard for school-leavers. You can take Physics by itself, as part of a combined Double Award which incorporates units from all three sciences, or as part of the Triple Award Science course.

This home study course follows the new AQA GCSE Physics syllabus and has been designed specifically to be studied online in your own time and space. You’ll have unlimited tutor support, a clear induction, and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for the exam. You’ll also have guaranteed access to one of our exam centres if you sit your final examinations in the UK.

You will benefit from:

  • Brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast Track is available on this course (work as quickly as you like)
  • Access to our network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support – we’ll help you write a study plan and support you throughout
  • Exam pass guarantee (if you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

Physics is the science that deals with physical matter, motion, energy and the laws that govern the universe. Our home study GCSE course introduces you to the key concepts of the science, taking a look at areas including heat, light, magnetism and electricity.

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: AQA
  • Our course code: X814
  • Qualification code: 8463

The 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 GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 120 and 150 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, e-books, and online quizzes.

Course Duration

You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.


All enrolments will be for exams in Summer 2022. If you wish to fast track your learning, please do contact us.

This qualification is linear, therefore students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. You’ll be required to complete two GCSE standard written exams.


  • Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of your GCSE, 100 marks.
  • Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of your GCSE, 100 marks.

The exams contain multiple-choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.


During your course, you’ll be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute towards 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.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an iGCSE in Physics, issued by AQA. This syllabus (8463) has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Energy 

Isaac Newton said that energy is constant. In studying this topic you’ll discover exactly what that means! You’ll learn about the different forms of energy and how energy is transferred through the world.

2: Electricity  

What exactly is it powering the devices you use? In this module, you’ll investigate how we control electricity and the power behind it. The topic also explores how electricity is tamed and driven around the country in everyone’s houses.

3: Particle model of matter  

All matter is made of particles; in this topic, you will explore the ways in which those particles are put together and interact with each other.

4: Atomic structure 

Atoms are the building blocks of matter. Let’s shrink down to peel back the layers of atoms to explore how they are put together. You’ll learn about how the elements of an atom bond and the different properties of the particles that make up the atoms that make up everything!

5: Forces  

All manner of forces impact upon us at all times. Gravitational forces keep us stuck to the planet and wind forces work their magic in the sails of yachts to drag the along the tides. This module covers the range of different forces and how they impact upon the Earth.

6: Waves  

Waves are not just in the ocean! Our Earth is bombarded by radiation waves from outer space. We use microwaves to reheat yesterday’s pizza! Radio waves transmit voices in songs around the planet. In this section, you’ll find out about the different types of waves, their properties, and mysteries.

7: Magnetism and electromagnetism  

What ARE magnets? Did you know the Earth has its own magnetic field? You probably know magnets attract metals, but here you will explore in-depth this mysterious element of physics.

8: Space physics  

Looking up into the sky at night, did you know everything you see up there is linked to physics? In this unit, you shall learn all about the planets, stars, and the wonders of the solar system.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details. Yes, you can find out more by clicking here.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

This course is self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. Where there are required additional text books, we include this as free eBooks.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.