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Physics is the branch of science which is concerned with matter and energy. Studying Physics provides you with an understanding of the fundamental principles of the universe. Covering topics such as particles and radiation to electronics.

A Level Physics

Exam code: 7408

Delivery method: Online

A Level duration: 360 hours over 24 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: AQA A Level Physics

Awarding body: AQA

This qualification is a gateway to higher education and is perfect for students planning on studying engineering or sciences.

During this A Level course in Physics you will cover subjects like mechanics, particles, radiation and astrophysics. Due to the scope of topics covered A Level Physics is favoured among universities and employers.

You will develop and hone your skills in the subject as well as gaining a real enthusiasm for the subject matter. Physics makes an ideal choice for those students with interests in medicine, science and engineering.

Upon successful completion of the exam and practical assessments (as administered by AQA), you will have achieved an internationally recognised AQA A Level Physics.


Tutor support

Our A Level courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months. They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

  • Develop mathematical and problem solving skills
  • Understand how Physics is used in a wider context
  • Preparation for further study and or careers related to the subject
  • Understand the impact sciences have on both the economy and society
  • Develop scientific explanations
  • Analyse and interpret data

The AQA A Level Physics qualification is gained once all 3 exam papers and 12 practical assessments are successfully completed. These exams are administered by the AQA and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments.

The practicals are not marked, but you will need to be observed by an examination centre to demonstrate competence in the different techniques. The practicals are usually held in Spring of each year, while the written exams are in May/June.

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In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.


The course is primarily an online course using a Learning Management System (LMS).

You can also choose to have a paper version of the course sent to you.

The online course has many features that cannot be printed such as embedded videos, forums and interactive tests.

The course includes Tutor Marked Assessments which you access and submit through the online system.

Course Outline

This course is divided into 3 units:

Unit 1: Content from topics 1-5 and 6.1

Written examination: 2 hours. 34% of A-Level. 85 Marks

  • 60 marks = A mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 25 marks = Multiple choice questions

Unit 2: Content from topics 1 to 6.1, 6.2, 7 and 8

Written examination: 2 hours. 34% of A Level. 85 Marks

  • 60 marks = A mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 25 marks = Multiple choice questions

Unit 3:  Section A: Practical skills and data analysis & Section B: Students enter for oneof topics 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13

Written examination: 2 hours. 32% of A Level. 80 Marks

  • 45 marks = A mixture of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis
  • 35 marks = A mixture of long and short answer questions on chosen optional topic

Practical Assessment

Your A-Level grade will be based on written examinations. However, to pass you must undergo an assessment of practical skills. These are:

  1. Investigation into the variation of the frequency of stationary waves on a string with length, tension and mass per unit length of the string
  2. Investigation of interference effects to include the Young’s slit experiment and interference by a diffraction grating
  3. Determination of by a free-fall method
  4. Determination of the Young modulus by a simple method
  5. Determination of resistivity of a wire using a micrometer, ammeter and voltmeter
  6. Investigation of the emf and internal resistance of electric cells and batteries by measuring the variation of the terminal pd of the cell with current in it
  7. Investigation into simple harmonic motion using a mass-spring system and a simple pendulum
  8. Investigation of Boyle’s (constant temperature) law and Charles’s (constant pressure) law for a gas
  9. Investigation of the charge and discharge of capacitors. Analysis techniques should include log-linear plotting leading to a determination of the time constant
  10. Investigate how the force on a wire varies with flux density, current and length of wire using a top pan balance
  11. Investigate, using a search coil and oscilloscope, the effect on magnetic flux linkage of varying the angle between a search coil and magnetic field direction
  12. Investigation of the inverse-square law for gamma radiation


Course Content

Structured in thirteen topics across three exams AQA A-Level Physics contains both compulsory and optional content.

If the content is listed as optional you have a choice of questions relating to these topics when you sit your exam. Your tutor may advise on what topics you should focus on when studying.

Compulsory Content:

Topic 1: Measurements and their errors
Topic 2: Particles and radiation
Topic 3: Waves
Topic 4: Mechanics and materials
Topic 5: Electricity
Topic 6: Further mechanics and thermal physics
Topic 7: Fields and their consequences
Topic 8: Nuclear physics

Optional Content

Topic 9: Astrophysics
Topic 10: Medical physics
Topic 11: Engineering physics
Topic 12: Turing points in physics
Topic 13: Electronics


Mock Exams:

Your online course contains mini assessments at the end of each chapter. However, if you wish to sit a Mock Exam before the finals, we can arrange that at the centre or online. Mock exam fees are additional, and they may vary from £25 to £50 per paper.  

Please contact us on 02033028140 or visit our exam centre website for more information and guidance on how to book your final exam

Final Exams:

Roughly 6 months before your chosen exam date, you should book your place at an exam centre to take the final exam exams for A-Level Certificates.

Advanced level qualifications (known as A levels) are subject-based qualifications conferred as part of the General Certificate of Education, as well as a school leaving qualification offered by educational bodies in the United Kingdom. The exams take place every summer (May/June), and results are released in August.

Please contact us on 02033028140 or visit our exam centre website for more information and guidance on how to book your final exam

Your exam fees aren’t included in the course cost as they’re paid directly to the exam centre. They’ll vary depending on which centre you choose. It is recommended to book your exams will in advance to avoid late booking fees. Book your exams now!

How to Enrol: 

  • If you’d like to pay in full, you can enrol online using the ‘Purchase’ button.
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  • If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please let us know before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

Once your purchase is completed, you will receive your login details within 24 hours, and you will be good to go! Everyone at BestGrade wishes you the best of luck on your studying journey! We know it’s both rewarding and challenging, but your qualification will make a significant contribution to your career path and life. Good luck!

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