Sixth Form (A Levels)


At Cambridge Upper School Online, we teach a rigorous, well-balanced, and comprehensive AS and A Level Physics curriculum. Our MA/MSc/PhD teachers build on the skills that were developed at the IGCSE Physics stage. Students master the main theoretical concepts that form the foundation of the subject. They also learn the most critical current applications of physics and start demonstrating strong practical skills.

We believe that physics must be taught in a way that students learn how to think critically and solve complex problems with ease. By using an individualised approach to teaching physics, our teachers enable students to perform exceptionally well.Our students secure top grades and achieve even greater academic success as they study physics in university. They also understand their ethical and moral responsibilities as young physicians on the brink of starting their careers.

An A-Level student preparing for online classes


We offer a range of assessments during our live lessons. These include summative tests, worksheets, pop quizzes, group activities, and more. Using these assignments, our teachers assess each student’s skills and knowledge.


Homework is given at the end of each week. Students get a chance to polish their skills and cover more ground. We plan homework around a range of different topics and subtopics, taking special care to cover everything in the syllabus.

A teacher preparing for online classes


Parents are given 24/7 access to their children’s coursework. We also maintain an open line of communication between parents and teachers to ensure complete transparency. Additionally, we hold 3 parent-teacher consultations each year, one in every term. Parents can also set up consultations with teachers at mutually convenient times.

Course Outline

This course follows the current AQA A Level specifications. It’s based on the textbooks recommended for AQA A Levels.


AS Level Topics

Students must study the following topics:

  • 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

A Level Topics

Students must study the aforementioned AS Level topics in addition to the following:

  • Motion in a circle
  • Gravitational fields
  • Ideal gases
  • Temperature
  • Thermal properties of materials
  • Oscillations
  • Communication
  • Capacitance
  • Electronics
  • Magnetic fields
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Alternating currents
  • Quantum physics


In order to pass AQA A Levels, students do not require a science practical endorsement. In fact, all grades (A* to G) are achievable without practical examinations. However, students must determine whether their chosen university requires a science practical endorsement. If so, they can receive this endorsement later after passing their Physics A Level examinations.

An A-Level student preparing for online classes in Nottingham

Examination Papers

We prepare students for the June series of examinations only.

AS Level

Paper 1: Topic 1 (Sections 1.1 to 1.4, 1.6 and 1.7) to Topic 2 (Sections 2.1 to 2.3) including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks. It makes up 50% of the AS grade.

Paper 2: Topic 1 (Sections 1.2 to 1.6) and Topic 3 (Section 3.1 to 3.6), including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks. It makes up the remaining 50% of the AS grade.

A Level

Paper 1: Topic 1 (Sections 1.1 to 1.4, 1.6 to 1.8 and 1.10 to 1.12) and Topic 2 (Section 3.2), including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 2 hours, 105 marks. It makes up 35% of the A Level grade.

Paper 2:Any content from Topic 1 (Sections 1.1 to 1.4, 1.6 to 1.8 and 1.10 to 1.12) and Topic 3 (Section 3.3), including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 2 hours, 105 marks. It makes up the remaining 35% of the A Level grade.

Paper 3:Any content and any practical skills. Written exam: 2 hours, 90 marks. It makes up the final 30% of the A Level grade.

Examination Centres

Parents shoulder the responsibility of arranging their child’s IGCSE examinations at their local registered examination centre. At Cambridge Home School Online, we teach students from different countries across the globe. It’s not practical for our school to manage each student’s local exam registration or offer a single venue for students to sit their examinations.

We presently have students from the UK, Europe, Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Keeping this geographical diverseness in mind, we are not registered with Cambridge International Examinations. However, we have partnered with numerous examination centres registered with CIE, OCR, Edexcel, and AQA.

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Please note that conducting experiments can be potentially dangerous and must be done so under the supervision of an adult, preferably a parent. Cambridge Home School Online and its teachers do not require students to carry out experiments. If students wish to proceed, they must consult their parents and make a mutual decision to proceed. They must also accept responsibility for any negative outcomes.

Cambridge Home School Online does not take responsibility for any experiments or dangerous activities conducted by pupils at their home or any other location. We request parents to be proactive and students to be hyper-cautious. If you wish to proceed with an experiment or activity, please consult our teachers beforehand so we can caution you against it.

General Points

All assessments (excluding the final IGCSE examinations) are carried out during regular live lessons. We assess student performance through tests, homework, in-class activities, exercises, and worksheets. Students perform few practicals because of the virtual nature of this course. However, our MA/MSc/PhD qualified subject specialist teachers try to incorporate as many safe practicals into the curriculum as possible. Student safety comes first. We ensure that each practical conducted by Cambridge Home School Online requires safe household materials and poses no risk to students. At Cambridge Upper School, we encourage students to develop a scientific mindset when approaching everyday phenomena. Students become aware of how science comes into play around them. This insight helps them understand scientific queries, solve problems, and become critical thinkers with strong reasoning abilities.

Students are required to possess certain materials, including an apron, safety goggles, and a tray for conducting practicals. We may require additional materials. However, they will always be announced a week in advance so students can easily gain access to them. We also provide students with a permission slip that must be signed by their parents.If a student does not wish to perform a practical for any reason (parental disapproval, inability to acquire the required materials), they need not worry. All practicals are demonstrated by our teachers so students can understand the activity even if they are unable to perform it themselves. We also provide catch-up lessons. Students can access our online library of past lessons at any time to get up to speed with the rest of the class.

Dr Trentham

Meet The Teacher

My Name is Dr. Trentham and I am an astronomer and teacher of Physics. I graduated from the University of Cambridge.

I have a real passion for Physics and have published 60 academic papers about it. I hope my enthusiasm is passed on to my students and that good grades will follow. I do my best to make the complex easy to understand and enjoyable

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