Physics IGCSE

Our course code: X814

Course fee £495 or from £37 per month

Enrol on this course

Do you know how mobile phones work? How we walk without slipping? How 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.

On this engaging, online course, you’ll take a close look at different forms of energy, and the ways in which they’re stored and transferred. You’ll gain an understanding of how the particles that form the world around us are structured, and how they interact with one another. You’ll examine electromagnetism, the properties of radiation waves, and you’ll gaze up to the night sky to take a look at the wonders of the solar system. IGCSE Physics opens up a range of career paths in astronomy, environmental science, engineering, and more, as well as higher education at university. You can study in your own time, at your own pace, with a clear induction and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for your exams.

You will benefit from:

  • Brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (for exams in 2022)
  • 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

Please note: You won’t be able to start this course until 01/09/21. Full details can be found below under Course Duration.

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.

  • 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: Edexcel
  • Our course code: X814
  • Qualification code: 4PH1

Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and work places in the UK and abroad. They have been helping people succeed in life through learning for nearly 2 decades. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body.

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, quizzes, and interactive activities.

Course Duration

You can enrol today but this course starts on 01/09/21. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) before this date but won’t be able to access the learning materials until the course officially starts. You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of two years from your course start date.


You can enrol now for examinations from Summer 2022.

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.


  • Written exam, two hours, 61.1% of your IGCSE, 110 marks.
  • Written exam, one hour 15 minutes, 38.9% of IGCSE, 70 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 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 Edexcel. This syllabus 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: Forces and motion

Isaac Newton said that energy is constant. In studying this topic you’ll discover exactly what that means! You’ll also examine forces, movement, shape, and momentum.

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: Waves

In physics, waves are disturbances or oscillations that travel through space-time, and are an extremely important phenomena – one that you will understand thoroughly by the end of this unit through the study of the electromagnetic spectrum, as well as light and sound.

4: Energy resource and energy transfers

Energy can take many forms: chemical, kinetic, thermal, magnetic; in this unit you’ll learn about them all, and their use in our everyday lives. You’ll discover how emission and absorption of radiation are related to surface and temperature, and take a look at some of the ways that unwanted energy transfer can be prevented, such as insulation. Moving on, you’ll examine work and power, discovering some of the ways we harness energy to generate electricity such as using fossil fuels and nuclear power.

5: Solids, liquids, and gases

Time to move on! In unit five you’ll examine why solids, liquids, and gases change state, and the scientific processes that occur as they do. Next, you’ll move on to ideal gas molecules, and the way in which they behave and interact with one another.

6: Magnetism and electromagnetism

So, what are magnets? In this unit, you’ll delve into their properties, as well as they way they behave under different conditions. Moving on, you’ll take a look at electromagnetism, a type of physical interaction that occurs between electrically charged particles, as well as electromagnetic induction.

7: Radioactivity and particles

Radioactivity is the emission of ionising particles, which is what you’ll explore in unit seven. You’ll delve into the structure of the atom, in terms of protons, neutrons, and electrons, and what happens when an atomic nucleus becomes unstable. You’ll learn about the process of nuclear fission and fusion, as well as the dangers of ionising radiation to living organisms.

8: Astrophysics

Calling all stargazers! In the final unit, you’ll take a peek into wider universe as well as our own solar system and the Milky Way galaxy. You’ll study the gravitational force that causes planetary bodies to orbit, as well as the commonly accepted origin point of everything we know: The Big Bang.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details.

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You will need to pay separately for your final examinations.

There may also be additional costs involved in arranging your practical assessment preparation.

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.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!

That’s absolutely fine! You can study via our MyOxbridge portal online, and sit your exams anywhere in the world.