1Course Overview

A Level Physics inc Exams and Practical

Course code: OSC1312

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  • Official AQA Physics A Level
  • Full course materials
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  • Study at your own pace
  • Exam and practical fees included - we'll book your exams and practicals for you when you're ready!

Study A Level Physics from the comfort of your own home - without the stress of booking exams or practical endorsements!

As well as your A Level course materials and tutor support, this course includes the examination fees and practical endorsements needed to successfully gain your A Level Physics qualification and those all-important UCAS points.

Our A Level courses are always updated to meet the latest academic specifications, so you can feel confident you are studying the most up-to-date academic content. 

On this course, you will be able to: 

  • Gain up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at University 
  • Study at your own time and pace with no strict deadlines to contend with 
  • Develop both the theoretical and practical knowledge of the subject
  • Learn the necessary practical skills to apply Physics in further education
  • Carry out experimental and investigative activities in a range of contexts 

Studying A Levels with us lets you choose when you take your exams, so that you are always fully prepared.

When you are ready, we will book the exams for you so you can focus on your studies - a convenient and stress-free way to study that fits around your existing commitments.

Simply receive your course materials online and start studying to gain that all-important A Level!

Find out how A Level student, Christian, has found studying his A Level with us

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2Course Content

AQA Specification Code 7408

Topic 1: Measurements and their errors
  • Fundamental (base) units
  • mass, length, time, quantity of matter, temperature,
  • Electric current
  • SI units
  • SI prefixes, values and standard
  • Light intensity
  • Prefixes
  • Unit converting
  • Random and systematic errors
  • Uncertainty
  • Graph using error bars
  • Gradient uncertainties
  • Straight-line graph
  • Magnitude
  • Values of physical quantities
Topic 2: Particles and radiation
  • Constituents of the atom
  • Stable and unstable nuclei
  • Particles, antiparticles and photons
  • Particle interactions
  • Classification of particles
  • Quarks and antiquarks
  • Applications of conservation laws
  • The photoelectric effect
  • Collisions of electrons with atoms
  • Energy levels and photon emission
  • Wave-particle duality
Topic 3: Waves
  • Progressive waves
  • Longitudinal and transverse waves
  • Formation of stationary waves
  • Interference
  • Diffraction
  • Refraction at a plane surface
Topic 4: Mechanics and materials
  • Scalars and vectors
  • Moments
  • Motion along a straight line
  • Projectile motion
  • Newton’s laws of motion
  • Momentum
  • Work, energy and power
  • Conservation of energy
  • Bulk properties of solids
  • The Young modulus
Topic 5: Electricity
  • Basics of electricity
  • Current–voltage characteristics
  • Resistivity
  • Circuits
  • Potential divider
  • Electromotive force and internal resistance
Topic 6: Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Circular motion
  • Simple harmonic motion (SHM)
  • Simple harmonic systems
  • Forced vibrations and resonance
  • Thermal energy transfer
  • Ideal gases
  • Molecular kinetic theory model
Topic 7: Fields and their consequences
  • Fields
  • Newton's law
  • Gravitational field strength
  • Gravitational potential
  • Orbits of planets and satellites
  • Electric fields
  • Electric field strength
  • Electric potential
  • Capacitance
  • Parallel plate capacitor
  • Energy stored by a capacitor
  • Capacitor charge and discharge
  • Magnetic flux density
  • Moving charges in a magnetic field
  • Magnetic flux and flux linkage
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Alternating currents
  • The operation of a transformer
Topic 8: Nuclear physics
  • Rutherford scattering
  • α, β and γ radiation
  • Radioactive decay
  • Nuclear instability
  • Nuclear radius
  • Mass and energy
  • Induced fission
  • Safety aspects
Topic 9: Astrophysics
  • Astronomical telescope consisting of two converging lenses
  • Reflecting telescopes
  • Single dish radio telescopes, I-R, U-V and X-ray telescopes
  • Advantages of large diameter telescopes
  • Classification by luminosity
  • Absolute magnitude, M
  • Classification by temperature, black-body radiation
  • Principles of the use of stellar spectral classes
  • The Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) diagram
  • Supernovae, neutron stars and black holes
  • Doppler effect
  • Hubble's law
  • Quasars
  • Detection of exoplanets
3Other Information

Assessment

To achieve the full Physics A Level you will be assessed across the nine topics and 12 practical assessments. All units will be assessed by three paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

  • Paper 1:
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Weighing: 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: 2 hours
  • Weighing: 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: 2 hours
  • Weighing: 32% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 80
  • Assessment format: A mixture of short and long answer questions

 

Practical Assessment

  • 4 x practical sessions - these will run once a year over the Easter holidays. Dates for 2019 are as follow: 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th April and you must attend 4 consecutive sessions. These must be attended prior to sitting your examinations, however they must be attended in the same year as your examination. 

Course Duration

You will have 2 years to complete the full A Level from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines. Your only deadlines are the A Level examinations, which you will be able to take in May/June 2019 at the earliest.

The examinations for this course will be taken at a centre in Birmingham; we will book these for you when you feel you are ready. Additional exam centres in various locations will soon become available. 
 

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an A Level in Physics by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent via email. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away! Your course will include self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked study questions, so you can monitor your progress.
 

Course Outcomes

Once you have successfully completed the examinations you will receive the AQA accredited A Level in Physics.These subject-based qualifications that can lead to university, further study, training, or work.

4Q&As

Your Questions Answered

Is this the same qualification as an A Level from a school or college?

Yes! You study the same coursework, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home, and you receive full tutor support via email.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

It is recommended that you have a GCSE in Physics or a related science subject at grade C or above. You are also required to have a grade C or above in the higher tier Mathematics GCSE as up to 10% of the marks awarded in this course will be related to mathematical principles.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE TOTUM student discount card (formerly NUS Extra card)
  • Examination fees
  • Practical assessments
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College study pack

*Not included with the online study option

Is there a required reading list?

There is no required reading for this A Level. However you will need to conduct your own research using the internet.

Do I have to sit an exam?

Yes, you will need to take the standard A Level examinations in order to fully complete this course; we will book these exams for you. Please note: you will need to sit these exams in the Birmingham examination centre. 

Students will also need to attend the practical elements of this course in Birmingham in the same educational year as the examinations; we will also book these practical assessments for you.  

Are there any additional costs?

Your examination and practical assessment fees are all included in the price of this course, howvever you may also wish to purchase textbooks to supplement the course, but this is entirely optional.

What if I live outside the UK?

You are still able to study this A Level course but must take the examinations within the UK at the Birmingham examination centre, as this is the only guaranteed way to access examination centres.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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