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International A' Level Physics CIE Course

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Course Description

This International A' Level Physics Course with Cambridge builds on the skills acquired at GCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, a section on some current applications of physics, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination.

The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of physics ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. Cambridge International AS and A Level Physics is ideal for learners who want to study physics or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science.

UCAS points: Yes

Hours required: 360

Support: 2 years

Course code: 9702

What can you do with A' Level Physics?

Students in the past have progressed onto the following degree courses:-

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Civil Engineering
  • Economics
  • Business

Studying Physics at University gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including:-

  • Geophysicist
  • Healthcare scientist
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Radiation protection practitioner
  • Research scientist (physical sciences)
  • Scientific laboratory technician
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Meteorologist
  • Structural engineer

We recommend students check the university websites to find the most up-to-date entry requirements for courses they wish to study.

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Full A' Level

For the Full A' Level, students will study all of the following topics:-
  • Physical quantities
  • SI units
  • The avogadro constant
  • Scalars and vectors
  • Measurements
  • Errors and uncertainties
  • Equations of motion
  • Momentum and Newton’s laws of motion
  • Non-uniform motion
  • Linear momentum and its conservation
  • Types of force
  • Turning effects of forces
  • Equilibrium of forces
  • Density and pressure
  • Energy conversion and conservation
  • Work and efficiency
  • Potential energy and kinetic energy
  • Power
  • Kinematics of uniform circular motion
  • Centripetal acceleration and centripetal force
  • Gravitational field
  • Gravitational force between point masses
  • Gravitational field of a point mass
  • Gravitational potential
  • Stress and strain
  • Elastic and plastic behaviour
  • Equation of state
  • Kinetic theory of gases
  • Kinetic energy of a molecule
  • Thermal equilibrium
  • Temperature scales
  • Practical thermometers
  • Specific heat capacity and specific latent heat
  • Internal energy and the first law of thermodynamics
  • Simple harmonic oscillations
  • Energy in simple harmonic motion
  • Damped and forced oscillations, resonance
  • Progressive waves
  • Transverse and longitudinal waves
  • Determination of frequency and wavelength of sound waves
  • Doppler effect
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Production and use of ultrasound in diagnosis
  • Stationary waves
  • Diffraction
  • Interference, two- source interference
  • Diffraction gratings
  • Communication channels
  • Modulation
  • Digital communication
  • Relative merits of channels of communication
  • Attenuation
  • Concept of an electric field
  • Uniform electric fields
  • Electric forces between point charges
  • Electric field of a point charge
  • Electric potential
  • Capacitors and capacitance
  • Energy stored in a capacitor
  • Electric current
  • Potential difference and power
  • Resistance and resistivity
  • Sensing devices
  • Practical circuits
  • Kirchhoff’s laws
  • Potential dividers
  • The ideal operational amplifier
  • Operational amplifier circuits
  • Output devices
  • Concept of magnetic field
  • Force on a current- carrying conductor
  • Force on a moving charge
  • Magnetic fields due to currents
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging
  • laws of electromagnetic induction
  • Characteristics of alternating currents
  • The transformer
  • Transmission of electrical energy
  • Rectification
  • Energy of a photon
  • Photoelectric emission of electrons
  • Wave-particle duality
  • Energy levels in atoms and line spectra
  • band theory
  • Production and use of X-rays
  • Atoms, nuclei and radiation
  • Fundamental particles
  • Mass defect and nuclear binding energy
  • Radioactive decay

For the Full A' Level, there are five exam papers in total

AS Level

Candidates for the Cambridge International AS Level Physics will study the following topics from the above list:-

  • Physical quantities and units
  • Measurement techniques
  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics
  • Forces, density and pressure
  • Work, energy and power
  • Deformation of solids
  • Waves
  • Superposition
  • Electric fields
  • Current of electricity
  • D.C. circuits
  • Particle and nuclear physics

For the AS Level, there are three exam papers in total

  • Principles of genetic technology
  • Genetic technology applied to medicine
  • Genetically modified organisms in agriculture

  • Practicals

    Experimental skills will be assessed in Paper 3 and Paper 5.

    In each of these papers, the questions may be based on physics not included in the syllabus content, but students will be assessed on their practical skills rather than their knowledge of theory. Where appropriate, students will be told exactly what to do and how to do it. Students will need to ensure that their chosen centre are able to provide them with the practical examinations.

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    Previous Knowledge Required

    There are no previous entry requirements for this course, however students are expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy. You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 24 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.

    What support do we offer with your A' Level Course?

    Before you start your tutor will contact you to welcome you and, if you’re new to Learn Now, help you understand what study will be like. They’ll also clarify how and when they can be contacted, and how quickly they will respond to you.

    Once you’ve started your tutor will mark and provide feedback on your assignments and support your progress throughout the course.


    Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations / practicals at a CIE approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

    Enrolment Fees

    You can enrol online today by either paying in full or taking advantage of our easy payment plan.  The first instalment will be due one month following enrolment.


    Payment Method

    Initial Payment

    Monthly Instalment

    Total Payable

    Full A' Level

    Pay in Full




    Full A' Level

    Instalment Option


    £70.00 x 4 months


    IAS or IA2 Level

    Pay in Full




    Please note the easy payment plan is NOT available to International Students.

    Awarding Organisation

    CIE - Cambridge International Examinations

    Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and their qualifications are taken in over 160 countries and recognised by universities, education providers and employers across the world.

    Specification code

    A' Level Biology CIE: 9702

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