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Fast Track A level Physics

Complete the course within a year, and gain the all important grades you need, with our structured Fast Track A level Physics course.

NEC recommends that for standard A levels, you consider studying across two years. However, we understand that occasionally life gives you deadlines and sometimes some things simply can’t wait.

If you are a highly motivated individual with the time to dedicate yourself to 36 weeks of programmed study, and would like to improve your chances of achieving your desired grade. Our highly structured Fast Track A level Physics course could be the perfect option for you, and will help ensure you are ready to sit your exams in 2021.

Important information: Enrolments for our Structured Fast Track A levels are now closed for the September 2020 intake. You can enrol on A level Physics at any time or call our Course Advice Team to register interest for September 2021.

Why study Fast Track Physics?

A structured Fast Track A level course is particularly useful if you’re studying with a specific purpose in mind, like applying to university, and need your grades quickly, applying for a new job, or seeking promotion. Perhaps you’re retaking an A level and still want to apply to your chosen university?

The flexible nature of distance learning and home study courses means that it’s possible to do this, as long as you’re able to schedule in enough study time. What’s different about our structured Fast Track A level Physics course is that it has been specifically designed to follow a carefully considered 36 week study programme, providing you with the extra support you need to gain the all important grades you require.

Fast Track A level Physics course features:

  • Comprehensive induction programme starting 31st August
  • A small cohort starting 7th September
  • A schedule of work which has been carefully considered to help you complete the course within a year
  • Live tutorials throughout the course
  • Past paper marking
  • Personal tutor support, including a mid-course review
  • Predicted grade (newly added for 2020)
  • UCAS reference (newly added for 2020)
  • Student only and tutor led forums (newly added for 2020)

Speak with our expert Course Advice Team on 0800 389 2839 for more details.

Course content

NEC’s Fast Track A level Physics course will follow the same topics as Pearson Edexcel’s physics A level. Through a schedule of work which has been carefully considered, you will complete the course within one academic year rather than two.

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
  • Making a CD spectrometer

Section 6: Collisions, circular motion and oscillations

  • Momentum and energy
  • Motion in a circle
  • Oscillations

Section 7: Gravitational and electric fields

  • Universal gravitation
  • Electrical fields
  • Millikan’s oil drop experiment
  • Capacitance
  • Touch screen technologies

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

Your tutor

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. Our Fast Track A level courses will also include regular online tutorials. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.

Structured Fast Track tutor role:

  • To support and guide you throughout your course.
  • Provide extensive feedback on all assignments within 5 days
  • Marking past papers to help you prepare for exams
  • Delivery of tutorials (webinars) on each section of the course
  • Weekly input into forum e.g. to focus on each weeks study, to reflect and answer any queries
  • Student motivation and monitoring
  • Progress review (Christmas)
  • Provide predicted grade
  • Provide UCAS reference

What's included?

As well as gaining the same level of support all NEC students receive when they enrol. The Fast Track A level course fee will also include:

A scheduled course for a small cohort

  • 31st August – induction begins (Induction web tutorial and technical support available, recommended but optional)
  • 7th September – course begins
  • 36 weeks of programmed study and revision. Two week break at Christmas for holiday or catch up. The course will be scheduled on a weekly basis until mid-April
  • Mid-April until exam date: Revision period, including revision tutorials. Plus past paper marking

Live tutorials/lessons (webinars)

  • Introductory tutorial
  • Regular live tutorials – one per section
  • Further revision tutorial prior to exams
  • Webinars will be recorded so that students who do not attend can watch later

Comprehensive induction programme. To include:

  • Induction tutorial (webinar) to meet your tutor and meet fellow students
  • Learning profile
  • Guidance on active learning
  • Information on Practical Endorsements
  • Importance of practical/home experiments

Tutor role:

  • Assignment marking
  • Past paper marking to include 3 A level papers, provided by NEC
  • Delivery of regular live online tutorials; students will be able to access recordings of tutorials if unavailable to attend live webinar
  • Mid-course review
  • Weekly input into forum; including reflections on tutorials, and answering student queries
  • Student motivation and monitoring
  • Provide a predicted grade
  • Provide UCAS reference

Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • Access to learn@nec
  • All the course materials you need to complete the course
  • Support from a personal tutor throughout your study
  • Assignment marking
  • Guaranteed exam place
  • free e-book version of the essential textbooks
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner to help you plan your study timetable
  • Information on how to apply for exams
  • Predicted grade
  • UCAS reference

Your course fee does not cover:

  • Exam entry fees
  • Additional textbooks
  • Equipment for core practicals

Optional extras:

  • Additional past paper marking
  • Additional revision tutorial
  • Optional tutorial
  • Additional review

Our other Fast Track A level courses

NEC are offering structured Fast Track A levels in the following subjects:

Each course costs £1495.00 to enrol. However if you wish to take more than one Fast Track A level NEC can offer the following bundle deal:

  • £2895 for 2 subjects
  • £4295 for 3 subjects

We would highly recommend you consider how much time you have and how much work you can manage before enrolling on more than one Fast Track A level. Please speak with our Course Advice Team on 0800 389 2839.

Exams and assessment

Exams (three):

  • 30% of marks  (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 30% of marks  (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 40% of marks  (2 hours 30 minutes)

The exams are written, with no practical element, but throughout the exam you will be expected to use your understanding of practical theory – gained through the 16 core practicals within your course – to answer questions.

Non-exam assessment (NEA):

  • an additional assessment providing opportunity to gain a practical skills endorsement to demonstrate practical skills as well as knowledge
  • separately endorsed and reported as a separate grade
  • does not contribute to the result of the A level  qualification
  • for some university programmes, like medicine, you will need to have the endorsement as well as the A level

Additional support if you’re under 18

We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies.  In our experience, learning online works best when the parents are involved, so when you enrol your child with NEC, you’ll have a unique set of services to help you to support your child.

This includes:

  • Your own log in to learn@nec to access the course so you can view the course materials and other information for yourself.
  • Access to your child’s gradebook to help you to monitor progress and provide appropriate and timely intervention and support
  • You’ll receive emails and forum posts so that you have all the examination and assessment updates/information provided by the NEC team
  • Dedicated Progress Portal Pages and targeted blogs with updates/information/help and advice on many aspects of home education.
  • Access to the Kudos career platform for young learners to explore career choices.

Read more about how we work with young students who are studying at home or through a school.

Want a more flexible option?

If you still want to study A level Physics but not sure if the structured Fast Track is for you, take a look at our flexible physics A level.