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Sale! GCSE Physics Higher Tier

Course Codes

OSC1384 / OSC1385

Achieve a GCSE Physics Higher qualification and study a subject that explores the science behind the world around us…

  • Gain a fully recognised AQA GCSE Physics Higher qualification from the comfort of your own home.
  • Explore physics topics such as atomic structures, energy transfers, electromagnetism and orbital motions and expand your knowledge.
  • With this GCSE Physics Foundation course, you'll be able to achieve up to a grade 9.
  • Prepare for future physics studies at a higher level including A Level Physics and beyond.
  • Study from the comfort of your own home, without needing to attend classes in person.
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Course overview

Physics is the study of nature, matter, and energy; it is the fundamental study of the science behind not only the world we live in, but everything that has ever and will ever exist.

This GCSE Physics Higher Tier course is ideal for anyone considering a career in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) industries as well as medical and teaching fields too!

Open your mind to a world of possibilities with our AQA GCSE Physics qualification.

Please note: this GCSE Physics Higher Tier course will allow you to achieve up to a grade 9; in comparison, the GCSE Physics Foundation Tier course will allow you to achieve up to a grade 5.

You can also choose to add your exams and practical sessions to your enrolment. If you choose this option, we will book and pay for your exams and practical sessions for you, taking the hassle out of booking and paying for these yourself. Both the exams and the practical sessions are compulsory for you to achieve your GCSE Physics qualification.

Course Duration

Up to one year.

Course Outcome

On successful completion of your exams and practical session, you will receive your AQA GCSE Physics qualification.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.


Two paper based exams and one practical session.

Course content

Extra info

Course Duration

You will have up to one year to complete your GCSE Physics course. With this course, you will have the flexibility to study at your own pace, and your only deadlines are the GCSE exams, which typically take place during the summer exam period (May/June).

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.


In order to successfully complete your AQA GCSE Physics Higher Tier course, you will need to pass two written examinations and undertake a practical session. These must be conducted under supervision at an approved examination centre and should never be attempted at home. Questions in the written exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding students have gained by carrying out the practical activities listed below. These questions will count for at least 15% of the overall marks for the qualification.

A range of skills for this course will be assessed through written exams. This course comes with the option of including the practical session and exams in the cost of the course. We will book and pay for these on your behalf when you’re ready to take them if you choose to add on exams.

If you choose to add your exams and practicals to your enrolment, you will need to sit your exams at our GCSE exam centre in Birmingham.

If you choose not to add on your exams and practicals, you will need to book and pay for these separately.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of your exams, you will receive your GCSE Physics qualification.

The GCSE is awarded by AQA and it is recognised by universities, schools, and employers globally.

Please note: If you choose to study this course you will need to take the higher-level examinations which means the highest grade available is a grade 9. You can take this course without completing the exams and practicals, but you will not receive the GCSE accreditation.

Exam details

Paper 1

Type: Written examination

Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Weighting: 50% of GCSE

Total marks: 100

Question type: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Assessed: Topics 1-4, including energy; electricity; particle model of matter; and atomic structure.

Paper 2

Type: Written examination

Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Weighting: 50% of GCSE

Total marks: 100

Question type: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Assessed: Topics 5–8, including forces; waves; magnetism and electromagnetism; and space physics. Questions in paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from energy and electricity.


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