A Level Physics Fast Track Course (VALID 2020 EXAM & ONWARDS)

A Level Physics fast track course covering the new spec from 2015. Completed from home at your own pace from anywhere in the world. Students can enrol anytime 365 days a year and once registered can be studying within days. No set term times and no enrolment dates. For those students with aspirations of moving into further education in the near future then an A level course provides the ideal platform to build from. Acknowledged and recognised worldwide an A level in any subject on your CV speaks volumes.

This Physics A specification provides a seamless transition to A Level from previous studies and develops students’ interest and enthusiasm for physics.

The specification provides a wide range of opportunities to develop How Science Works by linking the general criteria on the nature of science to specific topics throughout the specification.

Qualification: A Level Physics
Accredited: Yes
QCF Recognised: Yes
Awarding Body: AQA
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 700 Hours 
UCAS Points: Dependant on Grades

View full specification here

A Level Exam - Vaild May/June 2020 & Onwards

Course fees include course lessons & support

(Exam & practical assessment fees not included. These are payable direct to your chosen examination centre)

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A Level Physics Fast Track Course (VALID 2020 EXAM & ONWARDS)

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Course Fee: Starting at: £399.00

What's included in the fees?

1: Online course materials
2: Tutor support via email 
3: Assignment feedback and marking

What's not included in the fees? 

1: Associated examination fees
2: Practical assessments - Where applicable
3: Optional study texts - recommended reading 

One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time.

We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined. 

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Course Format

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
Topic 9: Astrophysics

Students are recommended to posses the ability to read and write english to GCSE standards and be over 16 years of age. 

To sit AQA examination/practicals students must register as a private candidate with an approved examination centre prior to enrolment for both examination and practical assessment. Do not enrol until you have have confirmed availability/fees for both with your chosen centre

Please visit AQA here for exam information 

View a list of UK Exam Centres here

If the centres listed are unable to accomodate you or are unsuitable for any reason we have agreements with 4 centres listed below that may be able to help. It really is worth the effort to travel if need be.

Recommended Exam Centres

English Maths Science Tuition Centre Ltd.
40 Showell Green lane
B11 4JP
United Kingdom

Tel: 0121-771-1298




3A Tutors Ltd
1A High Street
Staple Hill
BS16 5HA

Tel: 0117 9109931

Email: enquiries@3at.org.uk

Note: The contract for sitting exams and practical assessment is between you and your chosen centre. We advise students to contact 2 or 3 centres and compare charges as they will vary before the enrol. 

Please be advised that all students are advised to check and confirm availability and examination fees prior to enrolment. UK Open College has no control over availabilty or exam fees charged. 


AQA A Level Physics

UCAS points awarded upon grades achieved.  Visit UCAS here

AQA are one of the largest awarding bodies within the UK. Predominantly aimed at 14-19 year old students sitting A levels and GCSE's for the first time or mature students generally looking to retake or achieve UCAS points for a university application. AQA provides students with a fully recognised qualification as provided by any further education college.

Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 700. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.We would encourage students to seriously consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic! 

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to acheive, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side. Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual.

Coursework completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the tuition period, however examination dates are not flexible and are set by the awarding body. If you require additional time to complete an extension may be available. Extensions are not available on fast track courses.

This course is completed online through our online learning portal. Not available in hard copy

This course is self contained, however we would advise you to read other books on this subject: These are not included in the fees charged by UK Open College. 

Students looking to complete this qualification you must sit three examinations and twelve practical 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. Booking exams is the responsibility of the student. Any and all exam fees will be paid by the student directly to their chosen exam centre.

Paper 1

Assessment details:

  • 34% of A-Level
  • 85 marks
  • Written exam: 2 hours

What is assessed?:

  • Content from topics 1-5 and 6.1


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

Paper 2

Assessment details:

  • 34% of A-Level
  • 85 marks
  • Written exam: 2 hours

What is assessed?:

  • Content from topics 6.2, 7 and 8
  • Content from topics 1 to 6.1


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

Paper 3

Assessment details:

  • 32% of A-Level
  • 80 marks
  • Written exam: 2 hours

What is assessed?:

  • Section A: Practical skills and data analysis
  • Section B: Students enter for one of topics 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13


  • 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 your written examinations. However, in order to recieve your A Level you must also undergo a seperate endorsement of 12 practical skills. These are listed below:

  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.

Assignment Information

Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked questions, to enable students to monitor their progress

Past Papers

Visit AQA website and download specimen papers here

Students are able to sit a standalone AS paper as a measurement/guide of their progress if required. However this will incur additional exam fees with your centre. This will be available in May/June 2016 if required. This will not count towards your overall A Level exam and is purely available for students who wish to test their progress. (England only)

For students in Northern Ireland and Wales the AS will continue to count. 

In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So let’s explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding.

Firstly, we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 14 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement, you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid in addition to any postage charges incurred by us.

All returns must remain unused and in resalable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 14 days as above. Unfortunately, if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 0121 288 0181 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call

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