A level Physics (International)

Why study A level Physics (International)?

A level Physics gives you the opportunity to explore the phenomena of the universe, with theories that explain what is observed, and practical experiments to test those ideas. You will learn about everything from kinematics to cosmology, and many recent developments in fascinating topics, such as particle physics. If you are interested in the limits of space, the beginning of time and everything in between, this is the subject for you. Physics is more than a subject – it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries.

A level Physics is a mixture of highly conceptual thinking and very practical applications. You need to be able to think about abstract ideas such as fields, but be able to apply those ideas to how, for instance, electric motors work. Getting accurate results from experiments requires competence in using equipment. Calculations are an important part of A level Physics and you need to be comfortable with basic algebra. At the same time descriptive work requires you to communicate clearly in writing. Much of what you learn in Physics will complement A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Physics is a highly respected A level. A good grade in A level Physics demonstrates to an employer that you have strong analytical and mathematical skills that you can apply to many real-life situations. There are many possible career paths that it will create for you, like Science (many branches), Engineering, Medicine, Forensics, Electronics, Computing and IT, Finance and many more.

Note that our experienced University Services Adviser can advise on A level courses and all aspects of university entrance including application support and references.


Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

We offer a wide range of A level courses.

What do I need to know to enrol?

A level Physics (Int) is open only to students based outside the UK. It builds directly on the work you will have done for IGCSE equivalent 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

This course prepares you for the Edexcel International A level Physics syllabus XPH11 (for AS) and YPH11 (for A2). Exams take place in January, June and October.

AS level

Paper 1

Mechanics and Materials (code WPH11/01) worth 40% of the AS grade and 20% of the overall A level grade. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

Paper 2

Waves and Electricity (code WPH12/01) worth 40% of the AS grade and 20% of the overall A level grade. (1 hour and 30 minutes)

Paper 3

Practical Skills in Physics I (code WPH13/01) worth 20% of the AS grade and 10% of the overall A level grade. (1 hour and 20 minutes)

A level

Paper 4

Further Mechanics, Fields and Particles (code WPH14/01) worth 40% of the A2 grade and 20% of the overall A level grade. (1 hour and 45 minutes)

Paper 5

Thermodynamics, Radiation, Oscillations and Cosmology (code WPH15/01) worth 40% of the A2 grade and 20% of the overall A level grade. (1 hour and 45 minutes)

Paper 6

Practical Skills in Physics II (code WPH16/01) worth 20% of the A2 grade and 10% of the overall A level grade. (1 hour and 20 minutes)

You will not be expected to carry out experiments during the exams. But you are expected to develop your experimental skills and a knowledge and understanding of practical techniques.

You can do this by using the links to videos and notes about the core practicals provided in your course. Our course materials have been developed with the home student in mind, ensuring that you understand how the practicals would be carried out in a laboratory environment.

The new AS was examined for the first time in 2019. The new A2 was examined for the first time in 2020.

All of our A level courses include a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your Tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

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