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A Level Physics

Course Codes

OSC1291 / OSC1311 / OSC1312

Study this A Level Physics course from home and earn up to 56 UCAS points. We have a 94% pass rate** with our A Levels!

  • Gain an official A Level Physics qualification from AQA.
  • Achieve up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university.
  • Nationally recognised A Level qualification that is the same course offered in schools and colleges.
  • No waiting around for term to start, you can enrol today and start studying as soon as you are ready.
  • Study from home at your own pace.
  • Benefit from the full support of your personal tutor via email.
  • Choose to include exams and practical assessments and save up to £770*
Please choose a course option to see prices

Course overview

When you study A Level Physics, you’ll delve into the fundamental theories in physics such as particle interactions, progressive waves, Newton’s law of motion, and the doppler effect to name a few.

Depending on the degree you wish to study or the career you aspire to, the A Levels we recommend that you study alongside this course are A Level Maths, A Level Chemistry, and A Level Biology.

Degrees this subject could lead to

The skills and knowledge gained during your A Level Physics studies are ideal for students looking to pursue a degree in engineering, science, computing, geography, and maths.

Future career options

Beyond university, you could consider careers in mechanical, aerodynamic, or civil engineering, energy, and information technology.

A Level physics via distance learning

This A Level Physics course is exactly the same as an A Level you would study at school or college, meaning you will take the same exams and get the same qualification. The only difference is that our courses are designed to be studied from home at your own pace, and you will receive full tutor support via email.

Course Duration

Up to two years

Course Outcome

A Level Physics qualification from AQA.

Entry Requirements

We recommend that you have at least a grade 4/C in GCSE Physics and Maths.


Written exams and practical assessments.

Course content

AQA qualification code: 7408

Extra info

Course duration

You will have two years to complete your A Level Physics course.

The only deadlines involved in studying this course are concerning the A Level exam timetables. Please see the exams and assessments section for more information on this.


Exams and assessments

To achieve your A Level Physics qualification, you must complete the exams. There are written exams and practical assessments for this course which will cover the topics studied on this course. A breakdown of the exam papers and assessments can be found in the following section.

When you enrol on your course, you will have the option to add your exams and practical assessments to your enrolment, or you can select the course-only option.

Please note: your exams and practical assessments must be completed during the same year.

Choosing to add the exams and practicals packages

If you choose to add your exams and practical assessments to your enrolment, all you need to do is contact us when you are ready to sit your exams and practicals, and we will book and pay for them on your behalf.

Please note that if you book your exams with us, but do not add the practical option to your enrolment, you will be responsible for sourcing a centre and booking your practical assessments directly with the centre.

Please note, our A Level exam centre locations for this course are as follows:

  • Birmingham
  • Coventry
  • Doncaster
  • Bolton
  • Wimbledon
  • Taunton
  • St Neots, Cambridgeshire
  • High Wycombe
  • Bristol
  • Romford

Please note, if you choose to add your practical sessions to your enrolment, you will need to complete both your practicals and written exams at our Birmingham centre.

The course-only option

The A Level exam timetable typically takes place during May and June each year. You are advised to contact us well in advance of when you intend to sit your exams so that we can confirm your place with the exam board – cut-off dates apply.

If you do not add your exams and practicals to your enrolment, you will be responsible for booking and paying for your exams and practical assessments yourself. If you select this option, you must source and liaise with your chosen exam centre in order to book your exams, Open Study College will not be able to book your exams or practicals for you.

Study method

This course will be studied entirely via distance learning, meaning you will complete your learning either from home or a place that suits you. Full tutor support will be available via email, so if you have any questions or need some guidance, your tutor will be here to help. Your course materials will include a series of self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked questions to allow both yourself and your tutor to monitor your progress.

The study method you choose depends on your personal learning style. Your options are:

  • Study pack: if you choose the study pack option, you will be sent a set of printed course materials.
  • Study online: if you choose this option, you will be sent your login details to our online portal through which you will access your course materials digitally. You can access your course via a desktop/laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Course outcome

Upon successful completion of your exams, you will be awarded an A Level Physics qualification issued by AQA. You will also receive UCAS points relevant to the grade you achieved to support your university application.


The final grade you achieve in your A Level will be translated into UCAS points. Based on your grade, you will be awarded up to 56 points per A Level which can then be added together to reach the UCAS points you need to be accepted by your chosen university.

To help you achieve the best possible grade from home, we recommend that you complete the tutor-marked assessments included in your course materials. These are designed to provide you with detailed feedback to help you fine-tune your technique before you sit your exam. Completing your tutor-marked assessments will also help your tutor to provide you with a predicted grade if this is required for your UCAS application.

Download our A Level prospectus

To find out more about Open Study College, the A Levels we offer and how they work, download our A Level prospectus.

Exam details

Paper 1

  • Type: written examination
  • Duration: two hours
  • Weighting: 34% of A Level
  • Total marks: 85
  • Assessment format: a mixture of short and long answer questions and multiple-choice questions

Paper 2

  • Type: written examination
  • Duration: two hours
  • Weighting: 34% of A Level
  • Total marks: 85
  • Assessment format: a mixture of short and long answer questions and multiple-choice questions

Paper 3

  • Type: written examination
  • Duration: two hours
  • Weighting: 32% of A Level
  • Total marks: 80
  • Assessment format: a mixture of short and long answer questions

Practical assessments

These take place at our centre in Birmingham. These will run between October and April (excluding December) and must be attended prior to sitting your examinations (they must be attended in the same academic year as your examination). These will either take place across 5 consecutive days (Monday-Friday) or across two alternate weekends. Please note it will be subject to centre availability.


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