AS 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 8PHO
Not suitable for those studying Edexcel Salters Horners approach

Length of Course 
20 hours

9am to 1pm 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

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