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Course Overview

AQA Qualification Code: 7408

Our AQA A-Level Physics online course will cover everything from Newton’s law of gravity to the frequency of electromagnetic waves and the orbits of planets. You’ll qualify with a solid understanding of physics to prepare you for higher education.

On this A-level Physics online course, you’ll discover how physical science contributes to society and functions in the world. You’ll also gain a range of skills in data interpretation, investigation, and evaluation, which are transferable to any career you progress to. A-level Physics builds on the concepts and skills developed in GCSE Physics and is also suitable for students who have a GCSE Additional Science course or equivalent.

Course Options:

1. Self Study

All of our A Levels are studied online with support from our specialist subject tutors. You will be given access to our online learning materials and e-books. Your tutor will provide detailed feedback on your learning & mock exams. They will also be on hand over the phone, video calls, WhatsApp or email to support & guide you.

  • Access to full course online
  • e-books provided
  • Workbooks* will be posted
  • Interactive quizzes*
  • Google Classroom Access
  • Tutor email support
  • Register your exams with us
 
2. PLUS Course
  • Online live classes – these are live interactive classes.
  • These classes are recorded and can be watched back, access available for 7 days
  • Access to full course online
  • e-books provided
  • Workbooks* will be posted
  • Interactive quizzes*
  • Google Classroom Access
  • Homework/assignments set and mark & feedback provided
  • Mock assessments in Autumn and Spring
  • Register your exams with us
  • UCAS Application support

The Classroom Environment

Our online/in-person classes are small making learning more accessible for learners and gives the classroom environment a calm atmosphere to learn. Having a limited number of students in the classroom gives the students more one-on-one time with their teacher, for teachers to review students’ work, to provide feedback on what went well, and how to improve students’ work for the future.

About our teachers

Our teachers are enthusiastic about learning. Teachers will support students towards their individual pathways in education.. Our teachers are here to help!

Course structure – Self-study option

  • Total course – 160 hours online
  • Students are expected to study 6 hours per week, independently

Course structure – PLUS option

  • 3 hours of online live classes per week over 20 weeks
  • Students are expected to study a further 3 hours per week, independently
  • Total course – 160 hours online
 

Course fees – Self-study Option

  • Enrolment fee:      £80
  • Course fee:          £650
 

Installments available over 8 months (Sept- April) – pay £66.25 per month (after deducting the application fee)

Course fees for PLUS Option

  • Enrolment fee:      £80
  • Course fee:          £1200
Installments available over 8 months (Sept- April) – pay £135 per month (after deducting the application fee)

How to Apply?

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Send a scanned, coloured copy of your Passport or Driving License office@swanseacollege.com
  3. Pay the application fee of £200 (the application fee is made up of £80 enrolment fee and £120 towards the course fee, this fee is non-refundable)

Choose your Science Practical endorsement option:

  1. Complete Science Practical endorsements with Swansea College
  2. Carry forward from previous exam series (evidence required on application)
  3. Complete Science Practical endorsements with BioGrad
  4. If you opt out of practical endorsements. Your results certificate will display Not Classified (you must check the entry requirements for the university course you wish to study and see if the practical endorsement is a requirement)

Course Contents

The course is structured into bite-sized parts:

  • Fundamental (base) units
  • Mass, length, time, quantity of matter, temperature,
  • Electric current
  • SI units
  • SI prefixes, values and standard
  • Light intensity
  • Prefixes
  • Unit converting
  • Random and systematic errors
  • Uncertainty
  • Graph using error bars
  • Gradient uncertainties
  • Straight-line graph
  • Magnitude
  • Values of physical quantities
  • Constituents of the atom
  • Stable and unstable nuclei
  • Particles, antiparticles and photons
  • Particle interactions
  • Classification of particles
  • Quarks and antiquarks
  • Applications of conservation laws
  • The photoelectric effect
  • Collisions of electrons with atoms
  • Energy levels and photon emission
  • Wave-particle duality
  • Progressive waves
  • Longitudinal and transverse waves
  • Formation of stationary waves
  • Interference
  • Diffraction
  • Refraction at a plane surfac
  • Scalars and vectors
  • Moments
  • Motion along a straight line
  • Projectile motion
  • Newton’s laws of motion
  • Momentum
  • Work, energy and power
  • Conservation of energy
  • Bulk properties of solids
  • The Young modulus
  • Basics of electricity
  • Current–voltage characteristics
  • Resistivity
  • Circuits
  • Potential divider
  • Electromotive force and internal resistance
  • Circular motion
  • Simple harmonic motion (SHM)
  • Simple harmonic systems
  • Forced vibrations and resonance
  • Thermal energy transfer
  • Ideal gases
  • Molecular kinetic theory model
  • Fields
  • Newton’s law
  • Gravitational field strength
  • Gravitational potential
  • Orbits of planets and satellites
  • Electric fields
  • Electric field strength
  • Electric potential
  • Capacitance
  • Parallel plate capacitor
  • Energy stored by a capacitor
  • Capacitor charge and discharge
  • Magnetic flux density
  • Moving charges in a magnetic field
  • Magnetic flux and flux linkage
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Alternating currents
  • The operation of a transformer
  • α, β and γ radiation
  • Radioactive decay
  • Nuclear instability
  • Nuclear radius
  • Mass and energy
  • Induced fission
  • Safety aspects
  • Astronomical telescope consisting of two converging lenses
  • Reflecting telescopes
  • Single dish radio telescopes, I-R, U-V and X-ray telescopes
  • Advantages of large diameter telescopes
  • Classification by luminosity
  • Absolute magnitude, M
  • Classification by temperature, black-body radiation
  • Principles of the use of stellar spectral classes
  • The Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) diagram
  • Supernovae, neutron stars and black holes
  • Doppler effect
  • Hubble’s law
  • Quasars
  • Detection of exoplanets

Entry Requirements:

GCSE Physics grade C or above.

Assessments

Mock Assessments will take place in December and March/April. (PLUS option only).

Register for your exams by 20th January

Register Science Practical endorsements 

A level: 3 written exams and *optional practical endorsement

*Optional practical endorsement. It is possible for students to receive an A Level Biology qualification without completing the practical endorsement, although your certificate will state you have not completed this and can harm your chances of gaining a place at university or getting a job.

*Is it Optional for Me? Whilst being optional, 15% of your written grade will come from your knowledge of practical elements, so if you are looking to optimise your grade, you would be recommended to consider taking the practical lab assessment. If you plan to study a Science related degree at university it is likely you will require the practical endorsement.

You will be awarded up to 56 UCAS points per A Level

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