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Why choose Edexcel International A-level Physics?

This course aims to give you the skills to:

  • develop an enjoyment of Physics and its applications
  • understand the connection between theories and experiments
  • become an independent learner and a critical thinker
  • develop knowledge and understanding in Physics and its applications
  • understand how Physics interacts with society, philosophy, the economy and industry

This qualification is 100% externally assessed by examination and has a modular structure, with 2 exam sessions each year in January and May/June (not all subjects are available in each exam session). A table of the course structure can be found at the bottom of the page.

Why take this online course with ITS?

  • Value for money – our entry level is FREE.
  • Easy accessibility – all you need is a broadband connection.
  • Flexible learning – choose when, where and how you learn.
  • Individualized for YOU – pick and choose from our add on services according to your needs.
  • Fully qualified and experienced teachers – the course is the same that runs in our registered schools.
  • Latest specifications – we are an official centre for this qualification.
  • Full support services – our counsellors can guide you through the course and on to the next step.
  • This course is somewhat similar to a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). However, with ITS Education Asia you can ultimately get an official A-level qualification and have the option to access greater levels of support.
  • The course content may be relevant to a variety of exams (IB, AQA, OCR, CIE) and school study. See the unit description for more detail on the content.

What are the prerequisites of this course?

There are no prerequisites, but an I/ GCSE qualification in Physics may be useful.

What can I do with an A-level in Physics?

You can go on to university courses like an honours degree in Physics or related subjects, or choose to enter employment.

The skills learned by studying physics are relevant to many careers, such as applications engineer, data analyst, design engineer, Physics teacher, lab technician, laser engineer, optical engineer, software developer, systems analyst or web developer.

For more information on specific university requirements related to A-levels, please see our A-levels FAQ page.

For more information on applying to UK universities, see our UCAS page.

If you are an international student taking A-levels the basic offer is made for 3 A-level subjects. It is very important when choosing these subjects that you understand what options you will have for university when the time comes. ITS has a long-established, highly experienced counselling team who can help you make these decisions and plan your academic course. But to start with, try out this excellent tool from the Russel Group which helps you experiment with your subject choices. Then come and see us.

How is the course structured?

You can find the Edexcel course specification here.

The course consists of 6 Units – 3 IAS and 3 IA2 Units. The full International Advanced Level award consists of the three IAS units (Units 1, 2 and 3), plus three IA2 units (Units 4, 5 and either 6 or 7). The percentage of total IAL marks for each Unit is in brackets followed by the examination time.

Unit 1 Physics on the Go (20%) (1 hour 30 minutes)
Unit 2 Physics at Work (20%) (1 hour 30 minutes)
Unit 3 Exploring Physics (10%) (1 hour 20 minutes)

Unit 4 Physics on the Move (20%) (1 hour 35 minutes)
Unit 5 Physics from Creation to Collapse (20%) (1 hour 35 minutes)
Unit 6 Experimental Physics OR Unit 7 Physics Practical Examination (10%) 
(Unit 6: 1 hour 30 minutes) (Unit 7: 1 hour 20 minutes) 

Assessment in January and June

  • External assessment: written examination
  • Units 1, 2, 4 and 5 are 80 raw marks; Units 3 and 7 are 40 raw marks
  • Weighting: See above
  • Examination time: See above

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