WHY SHOULD YOU STUDY A LEVEL PHYSICS (INTERNATIONAL)?
Studying Physics at A Level will provide you with the opportunity of getting to grips with fundamental questions concerning the universe and how it behaves. You will learn how to apply sophisticated mathematical calculations and the laws of physics to solve real-world problems.
An A Level in Physics will pave the way for you to a gain university degree in engineering or the physical sciences, or pursue a career in Science, Engineering, Information Technology, Statistics, and many other fields.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW TO ENROL?
A Level Physics (Int) is open only to students based outside the UK. It builds directly on the work you will have done for IGCSE equivalent in the subject. Grade B or 6 in both Phyics and Maths at IGCSE or the equivalent is required before starting on A Level Physics. Due to the advanced level of Mathematics required, and the overlap between the two subjects at A Level, we strongly recommend that you take A Level Maths alongside A Level Physics. We also require that all A Level students have IGCSE English Language at Grade C/4 or above.
THE SYLLABUS AND THE EXAM
This course prepares you for the Edexcel International A Level Physics syllabus XPH11 (for AS) and YPH11 (for the full A Level, AS + A2). Exams take place in January, June and October.
For the AS in Physics, you will take:
Paper 1: Mechanics and Materials (code WPH11/01) worth 40% of the AS grade and 20% of the overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 30 minutes)
Paper 2: Waves and Electricity (code WPH12/01) worth 40% of the AS grade and 20% of the overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 30 minutes)
Paper 3: Practical Skills in Physics I (code WPH13/01) worth 20% of the AS grade and 10% of the overall A Level grade. (1 hour and 20 minutes)
For the A2 in Physics, you will take:
Paper 4: Further Mechanics, Fields and Particles (code WPH14/01) worth 40% of the A2 grade and 20% of the overall A level grade. (1 hour and 45 minutes)
Paper 5: Thermodynamics, Radiation, Oscillations and Cosmology (code WPH15/01) worth 40% of the A2 grade and 20% of the overall A level grade. (1 hour and 45 minutes)
Paper 6: Practical Skills in Physics II (code WPH16/01) worth 20% of the A2 grade and 10% of the overall A level grade. (1 hour and 20 minutes)
You will not be expected to carry out experiments during the exams. But you are expected to develop your experimental skills and a knowledge and understanding of practical techniques.
You can do this by using the links to videos and notes about the core practicals provided in your course. Our course materials have been developed with the home student in mind, ensuring that you understand how the practicals would be carried out in a laboratory environment.
The new AS will be examined for the first time in 2019. The new A2 will be examined for the first time in 2020.
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