Physics is the study of how things work, from mechanical forces to the nature of light. This is a popular choice if you want to become an engineer or technologist. You'll learn about mechanics, electricity, materials and light.
Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.
This course is one of our new Gold Star AS levels. Find out more about them here.
A GCSE or equivalent in Physics or Double or Triple Science (minimum grade C) and Maths is strongly recommended for this course.
Hours of study
It's really up to you but, as a guide, an AS level course takes about 120-150 hours plus extra time for assignment work you submit to your tutor. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. Some students allow 18-24 months to complete an AS level, but others complete the course within a year.
Exams and assessment
- 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
- 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
The AS level exams are written, with no practical element, but throughout the exam you will be expected to use your understanding of practical theory to answer questions. You will have gained this knowledge through the 8 core practicals within your course.
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
NEC's tutor-marked assignments:
- 1 introductory assignment
Active e-book versions of these texts will be included free with your course:
Edexcel A Level Physics Student Book 1, M Benn and G George, Hodder Education 2015
Maths Skills for A Level Physics, C Tear, Oxford University Press 2013
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How to enrol
How to enrol
There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
- Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above
- Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
- Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.
How can you pay?
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
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Section 1 - Working as a physicist
- Maths in physics
- Quantities and units
- Calipers and micrometers
- Practical skills
- Experiments with a spring
- Experiments with a laser pointer and a CD
Section 2 - Mechanics
- Rectilinear motion
- Resolved forces and moments
- Work, energy and power
- Applied mechanics
Section 3 - Electricity
- Charge and current
- Potential difference, electromotive force and power
- Current-potential difference relationships
- Resistance and resistivity
- Internal resistance, series and parallel circuits and the potential divider
Section 4 - Materials and vibrations
- Solid materials
- Nature of waves
Section 5 - Waves and the particle nature of light
- Transmission and reflection of waves
- The eye
- The oscilloscope
- Superposition of waves
- Particle nature of light
- A home-made spectrometer
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What our students say...
"I chose the course for its flexibility, which it certainly has lived up to."
— NEC A level student