GCSE Physics Higher Tier

Course codes: OSC1384 / OSC1385

Gain a fully recognised GCSE Physics qualification and study an interesting subject that explores matter, space and time…

  • Fully recognised AQA GCSE Physics qualification
  • Same qualification as you would get in school or college
  • Achieve between grades 4-9 with higher tier
  • Understand the forces of energy and explore how electricity works!
  • Choose to study online or from a course pack
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Course overview

Physics looks at understanding energy, forces, mechanics, waves and atoms! It explores the physical universe around us.

Open up your future in science with our AQA GCSE Physics qualification.

Understand the forces of energy and explore how electricity works!

If you’re the sort of person who is interested in how things work, or you’re looking to develop a career in science then taking GCSE Physics might be the best thing you do.

This Higher Tier course is for those hoping to achieve grades between 4-9. For those aiming for grades 1-5, take a look at our GCSE Physics Foundation Tier.

Add on your exams and practicals to your course and we will book these for you when you are ready!

 

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Course Outcome

On successful completion of your exams, you will receive your AQA GCSE Physics.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

2 paper based exams.

Course content
  • Energy changes in a system
  • Ways energy is stored before and after changes
  • Conservation and dissipation of energy
  • National and global energy resource
  • Current, potential difference and resistance
  • Series and parallel circuits
  • Domestic uses and safety
  • Energy transfers
  • Static electricity
  • Changes of state and the particle model
  • Internal energy and energy transfers
  • Particle model and pressure
  • Atoms and isotopes
  • Atoms and nuclear radiation
  • Hazards and uses of radioactive emissions and of background radiation
  • Nuclear Fission and Fusion
  • Forces and their interactions
  • Work done and energy transfer
  • Forces and elasticity
  • Moments, levers and gears
  • Pressure and pressure difference in fluids
  • Forces and motion
  • Momentum
  • Waves in air, fluids and solids
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Black body radiation
  • Permanent and induced magnetism, magnetic forces and fields
  • The motor effect
  • Induced potential, transformers and the National Grid
  • Solar system; stability of orbital motions; satellites
  • Red-shift
Extra info

Course Duration

You will have up to 1 year to complete your GCSE Physics course. This course is completely flexible, with the only deadlines being your GCSE exams taken in May or June each year.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for GCSE Physics by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent by post or online, so receiving your materials is easy and hassle-free. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away.

Assessment

To achieve a GCSE Higher Tier in Physics you will be assessed across the above sections. All sections will be assessed by 2 paper-based examinations. A range of practical skills for this course will be assessed through written exams. Therefore, we strongly advise you to take your practical assessments and written exams.

If you add on your exams and practicals onto your package, we will book these for you when you are ready. You will need to take these at our Birmingham exam centre so please ensure you are able to travel to this location before adding these on to your package.

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

Course Outcome

On successful completion of your exams, you will receive your AQA GCSE Physics.

Progression

Successful students can then go on to study A Level Physics.

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: 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: 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.

Q&As

Yes. This qualification is exactly the same GCSE you would receive from a school or college. It is accredited by AQA. The only difference is you are able to study this course at your own pace, in your own environment.

If you want to achieve the official GCSE qualification, you will need to take the official exams and practicals. It is up to you if you choose to book these exams with us.

If you book the exams with us, you will need to take your exams and practicals in our Birmingham exam centre, so you must make sure you are able to travel to this location before adding these on to your package.

Please note: students choosing Higher Tier Physics will achieve a grade between 4 to 9.  Students who just fail to achieve grade 4 will be awarded an allowed grade 3. Students who fail to meet the minimum standard for an allowed grade 3 will be recorded as U (unclassified) and will not receive a qualification certificate.

For students wishing to study towards grades 1-5, please choose our GCSE Physics – Foundation Tier course.

Our Study Pack Option includes:

  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • Student study planner
  • Document wallet

If you don’t add on your exams and practicals with us, you will need to pay for your exam and practical fee separately. This will need to be paid directly to the exam centre when you book your exam and practicals.

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.

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 Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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