A Level Physics · Edexcel (Pearson) (reformed)

Dates Available 
Week 1: Monday 26 - Friday 30 March
Week 2: Monday 2 - Friday 6 April
Week 3: Monday 9 - Friday 13 April

Edexcel (Pearson) A 9PHO
Not suitable for those studying Edexcel Salters Horners approach

Length of Course 
40 hours

9am to 6pm daily

The course examines key topic areas and extensive use will be made of previous exam questions to illustrate relevant principles. The course will focus on exam technique and relating principles to applications.

The course will cover the following:

Topic 1 Working as a Physicist

Quantities and Units

Vectors and Scalars


Implications of scientific knowledge

Topic 2 Mechanics

Motion in a straight line, SUVAT (constant acceleration) equations, projectile motion, freefall

Force diagrams, terminal velocity, moments and couples, conservation of energy, kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, power and efficiency

Topic 3 Electrical Circuits

Charge, Current, Kirchoff’s first law, energy, power and resistance

Circuit components and symbols, I-V characteristics, resistance

Resistor combinations, analysing circuits, internal resistance, potential dividers, sensing circuits

Topic 4 Electrical Circuits

Springs and Hooke’s law, elastic potential energy, Stress-strain and the Young modulus

Density and pressure, Archimedes principle

Topic 5 Waves and the Particle Nature of Light

Progressive waves, wave properties, refraction and reflection, superposition and interference, Young’s double slits, stationary waves.

Lenses, ray diagrams, magnification, pulse-echo techniques

Photons, the photoelectric effect, wave-particle duality, the electronvolt

Topic 6 Further Mechanics

Newton’s second law, Linear Momentum, Impulse, Collisions

Circular motion, centripetal force and acceleration

Topic 7 Electric and Magnetic Fields

Electric Fields, potentials, energy, Coulomb’s law, particles in electric fields,

Magnetic fields, currents, particles in magnetic fields, induction, transformers

Charging and discharging capacitors, energy storage and uses

Alternating currents, root-mean-square values

Topic 8 Nuclear and Particle Physics

Atoms, antimatter, the Standard Model, E=mc2,

Particle accelerators, scattering, particle tracks

Topic 9 Thermodynamics

Temperature, specific heat capacity and specific latent heat, matter, absolute zero

Kinetic theory of gases

Black body radiation, Stefan-Boltzmann law, Wien’s law

Topic 10 Space

Distances, parallax, Doppler shift, Hubble’s law and the evolution of the Universe

Life cycle of stars, Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, spectra

Topic 11 Nuclear Radiation

Radiation, nuclear decay equations

Nuclear reactions, binding energy, fission and fusion

Topic 12 Gravitational Fields

Fields, potentials, energy, Newton’s laws and planetary motion.

Topic 13 Oscillations

Simple harmonic motion, resonance, damping.

The practical endorsement is not explicitly covered on this course, however relevant experiments and techniques will be discussed where appropriate throughout.

Synoptic exam questions will be discussed through the course.