Physics A Level (New)

Due to the short amount of time left until the Summer 2018 exam session, we advise students to move their exam intention to 2019. The opportunity to enrol for 2018 exams with Fast Track has now ended for this course.

Physics is the study of how things work, from the smallest sub-atomic particles to incomprehensibly large galaxies. This is a popular choice if you want to become an engineer, planetary scientist or technologist. You'll learn about particles, gravitational fields and thermodynamics.

This course is one of our new Gold Star A levels. Find out more about them here.

Price: 

Price£650.00

Course requirements

A GCSE or equivalent in Physics or Double or Triple Science (minimum grade C) and Maths is strongly recommended for this course. This is an online course so you will also need access to the internet.

Duration of study

It's really up to you but, as a guide, an A level course takes about 250-300 hours plus extra time for assignment work you submit to your tutor. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. Many students allow 18-24 months to complete an A level, but some complete the course within a year.

Specification

This course follows specification 9PH0 from the awarding organisation Edexcel. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from Edexcel's website.

Topics

Section 1 - Working as a physicist
  • Maths in physics
  • Quantities and units
  • Calipers and micrometers
  • Practical skills
  • Experiments with a spring
  • Experiments with a laser pointer and a CD

Section 2 - Mechanics
  • Rectilinear motion
  • Momentum
  • Forces
  • Resolved forces and moments
  • Work, energy and power
  • Applied mechanics

Section 3 - Electricity
  • Charge and current
  • Potential difference, electromotive force and power
  • Current-potential difference relationships
  • Resistance and resistivity
  • Internal resistance, series and parallel circuits and the potential divider

Section 4 - Materials and vibrations
  • Fluids
  • Turbulence
  • Solid materials
  • Nature of waves

Section 5 - Waves and the particle nature of light
  • Transmission and reflection of waves
  • The eye
  • The oscilloscope
  • Superposition of waves
  • Particle nature of light
  • A home-made spectrometer

Section 6 - Collisions, circular motion and oscillations
  • Momentum and collisions
  • Motion in a circle
  • Simple harmonic motion

Section 7 - Gravitational and electric fields
  • Universal gravitation
  • Electrical fields
  • Capacitance
  • Charging and discharging a capacitor

Section 8 - Magnetic fields and particle physics
  • Magnetic fields
  • Electrons and nuclei
  • Particle physics

Section 9 - Thermodynamics
  • Specific heat capacity
  • Thermometry
  • Internal energy, absolute zero and change of state
  • Gas laws

Section 10 - Nuclear decay and space
  • Nuclear decay
  • Detecting radiation
  • Cosmology
  • Astrophysics
  • Life cycle of a star

Exams and assessment

Three exams:
  • 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of marks
  • 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of marks
  • 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of marks
  • The A level exams are written, with no practical element, but throughout the exam you will be expected to use your understanding of practical theory to answer questions. You will have gained this knowledge through the 16 core practicals within your course.

Non-exam assessment (NEA):

Assignments

Assignments do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course.

This course has:
  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 10 assignments

Set texts and resources

Active e-book versions of these texts will be included free with your course:
  • Edexcel A Level Physics Student Book 1, M Benn and G George, Hodder Education 2015
  • Edexcel A Level Physics Student Book 2, T Akrill and G George, Hodder Education 2015

Additional texts:
  • Maths Skills for A Level Physics, C Tear, Oxford University Press 2013

Using learn@nec

Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:

Operating systems:
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • Google Chrome OS
  • Android 4.4 or later, using the Chrome browser
  • iOS 6 or later, using the Safari browser

Browsers:
  • Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari 6 or later
  • Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)

learn@nec may work on other operating systems and browsers with some restrictions. You can see full details of the system requirements by clicking here.

How to enrol

There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
  • Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above.
  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team.
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

Paying in instalments

It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.

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