Why Study A Level Physics (UK)?

Studying Physics at A Level will provide you with the opportunity to get to grips with fundamental questions concerning the universe and how it behaves. You will learn how to apply sophisticated mathematical calculations and the laws of physics to solve real-world problems.

An A Level in Physics will pave the way for you to a earn university degree in engineering or the physical sciences, or pursue a career in Science, Engineering, Information technology, Statistics, and many other fields.

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What do I Need to Know to Enrol?

A Level Physics (UK) is open only to students based within the UK.

It builds directly on the work you will have done for IGCSE or GCSE in the subject. Grade B or 6 in both Physics and Maths at IGCSE or the equivalent is required before starting on A Level Physics.

Due to the advanced level of Mathematics required, and the overlap between the two subjects at A Level, we strongly recommend that you take A Level Maths alongside A Level Physics.

We also require that all A Level students have IGCSE English Language at Grade C/4 or above.

The Syllabus and Exam

The A Level Physics (UK) course will prepare you for the Edexcel Advanced Level syllabus, 8PH0 (for the standalone AS qualification) or 9PH0 (for the full A Level). Exams take place in May and June.

For the standalone AS in Physics, you will take: Paper 1: Core Physics I (code 8PH0/01) worth 50% of your overall AS grade. 80 marks. (1 hour and 30 minutes) Paper 2: Core Physics II (code 8PH0/02) worth 50% of your overall AS grade. 80 marks. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

For the full A Level in Physics, you will take the following 3 papers in the same exam series: Paper 1: Advanced Physics I (code 9PH0/01) worth 30% of your overall A Level grade. 90 marks. (1 hour and 45 minutes) Paper 2: Advanced Physics II (code 9PH0/02) worth 30% of your overall A Level grade. 90 marks. (1 hour and 45 minutes) Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Physics (code 9PH0/03) worth 40% of your overall A Level grade. 120 marks. (2 hours and 30 minutes). Questions in this paper may draw on any of the topics in the syllabus.

A Level  Physics (UK) now contains a separate Practical Endorsement, which is an assessment of your skills and competency in completing a minimum of 12 A Level core practicals. The result (either ‘pass’ or ‘fail’) of the Practical Endorsement is reported separately on your A Level certificate, in addition to your overall grade for theory.

You will need to arrange to take this component of the course at an examination centre which offers this option, and you will need to take the written exam at that same centre. We have created a list of centres that facilitate the Practical Endorsement.

Course Fee

The fee for Edexcel A Level Physics is £795 via instalments. There is a discount of 5% for payment in full reducing the fee to £755.

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