IGCSE Physics

Edexcel IGCSE
Physics is the science that deals with physical matter, motion, energy and the laws that govern the universe. Our distance learning IGCSE course introduces you to the key concepts of the science, taking a look at areas including heat, light, magnetism and electricity.
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By studying the IGCSE Physics online course, answer age-old questions, such as, how do you know how mobile phones work? How do we walk without slipping? How do we hear things through earphones? Physics is more than just black holes and the atmosphere; it examines all the invisible forces that govern our world, providing answers to life’s most challenging questions.

IGCSE Physics opens up a range of career paths in astronomy, environmental science, engineering, and more, as well as higher education at university.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - Forces and Motion

    • Movement and position
    • Measurements and units
    • Speed, velocity and acceleration
    • Types of forces
    • Physical quantities
    • Mass and weight
    • Newton’s Laws of Motion
    • Terminal velocity
    • Moments and equilibrium
    • Elasticity and Hooke’s Law
    • Momentum
  2. Unit 2 - Electricity

    • Mains electricity
    • Units of electricity
    • Measuring electrical energy
    • Alternating & direct currents
    • Energy and voltage
    • Series and parallel circuits
    • Resistors and resistance
    • Ohm’s law
    • Electric Charge
    • Conductors and insulators
    • Protons and electrons
    • Electrostatics
  3. Unit 3 - Waves

    • Transverse Waves
    • Longitudinal Waves
    • Properties of waves
    • Wave behaviour
    • The Doppler Effect
    • The Electromagnetic Spectrum
    • Applications and hazards
    • Light and sound waves
    • Reflection and refraction
    • Amplitude and pitch
  4. Unit 4 - Energy Resource and Energy Transfers

    • Storing and transferring
    • Forms of energy
    • Conservation
    • Work and power
    • Fossil fuels and the environment
    • Renewable energy
  5. Unit 5 - Solids, Liquids and Gases

    • Density
    • Pressure
    • States of Matter
    • Melting, boiling and evaporation
    • Specific heat capacity
    • The Kinetic Theory of Matter
    • Absolute Zero
    • The Kelvin Scale
  6. Unit 6 - Magnetism and Electromagnetism

    • Attraction and repulsion
    • Magnetic and electromagnetic induction
    • Magnetic field patterns
    • Electromagnets and field patterns
    • Forces on a current-carrying wire
    • Generating electricity
    • Transformers
    • Transmission of electricity
  7. Unit 7 - Radioactivity and Particles

    • Atomic structure
    • Radioactive decay and detection
    • Alpha, Beta, and Gamma
    • Applications of radioactivity
    • Safety risk and precautions
    • Fission
    • Fusion
  8. Unit 8 - Astrophysics

    • The Solar System
    • Orbits and gravity
    • Gravitational fields
    • Stellar evolution
    • Types of stars
    • The origin of the Universe
    • Cosmic microwaves
  9. Unit 9 - Preparing for Your Exam: 4PH1

    • Exam preparation
    • Practice Paper 1
    • Practice Paper 2

Awarding Body


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.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an IGCSE in physics, issued by Edexcel. This syllabus (4PH1) has been chosen specifically because it is best suited to distance learning.

How is this course assessed or examined?

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 – Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of IGCSE, 100 marks.
  • Paper 2 – Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of IGCSE, 100 marks.

The exams contain a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our partner 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 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.

Entry requirements

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

Past Papers

You can access past papers for this course. They are free to access and cover a range of exam boards.

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