Important information: At this point in the year we would recommend that you sit your exams in 2022 or 2023. If you are looking to sit the exam in 2021, please call our Course Advice Team on 0800 389 2839.
From exploring the tiniest subatomic particle to space exploration, our Physics A level course spans diverse and intriguing topics. This qualification is essential if you’re considering a physics degree or interested in a range of rewarding related career paths.
Using engaging distance learning materials you’ll explore topics such as mechanics, electricity, thermodynamics, nuclear decay and space. This course will enable you to critically evaluate scientific information and evidence, as well as highlighting the key role of physics in everyday life.
As part of studying A level Physics online, you’ll put theory into practice through 16 core practical experiments, of which some are suitable for completion at home. You can also decide whether to take the practical skills endorsement alongside your A level which is a requirement for certain university and career routes.
Our A level Physics online course tackles complex ideas using relevant, engaging topics and high quality distance learning materials. Alongside subject knowledge, you’ll develop problem-solving, evaluation and analytical skills – all highly sought after by universities and employers.
You’ll have the flexibility to fit study around your lifestyle, learning at your own pace, with access to the support of a specialist personal tutor. Like many NEC students, perhaps you’ll go on to study a science-based subject at university, or use your qualification to support your next career move?
Our Physics A level course is ideal if you:
Section 1: Working as a physicist
Section 2: Mechanics
Section 3: Electricity
Section 4: Materials and vibrations
Section 5: Waves and the particle nature of light
Section 6: Collisions, circular motion and oscillations
Section 7: Gravitational and electric fields
Section 8: Magnetic fields and particle physics
Section 9: Thermodynamics
Section 10: Nuclear decay and space
Study A level Physics with us and benefit from:
Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.
This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.
You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.
Meet Julie who is just one of our first-class physics tutors:
“I love learning and I love inspiring other people to learn. I’ve worked with students from primary to undergraduate level as I have taught in schools and universities. Now, I specialise in home education and distance learning, teaching people in the UK and overseas. I have a degree in physics with astrophysics and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) in physics, science and maths, both from the University of Birmingham, and an LLM in Law from the University of Leeds. A senior examiner for several exam boards, I am also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.”
*The specification suggests that 300 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading. Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 300 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 5 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content.
Set textbooks – included as a free ebook with your course:
Our course fees are clear and transparent to help you plan for any additional costs.
Your course fee includes:
Your course fee does not cover:
If you need more support, you can purchase:
For further information on additional/optional support you can purchase, please visit our additional services page.
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):
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.
As well as our standard A Level route above, we also offer a structured Fast Track A level course, at an additional cost, which 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?
NEC are offering structured Fast Track A levels in the following subjects:
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 compared to our standard A Level 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.
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. We offer a choice of six or 12 month repayment plans, with 0% APR as standard.
To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Course fee: £750
Amount of credit: £675
Monthly payment: £112.50
Duration of agreement: 6 months
Total repayable: £750
Rate of interest: 0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.
The National Extension College (NEC) work with finance company Deko. For more information on our relationship with Deko and repayment plans click here.
At this point in the year we would recommend that you sit your exams in 2022 or 2023. If you are looking to sit the exam in 2021, please call our Course Advice Team on 0800 389 2839.
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