igcse physics online course
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At Priority Learning we run our main iGCSE physics course over 2 years. Most importantly we have interactive live lessons through bitpaper so the students can ask questions in class and are actively engaged with learning. We do this to ensure we get to know all the students individually and spend time understanding how they learn. Two years gives us plenty of time to identify areas of weakness for each individual student and along with our drop in sessions, set student specific homework as well as group homework.
We push all our students to achieve high grades, at Priority Learning we are firm believers that hard work pays off and we push our students to work hard. IGCSE’s set students up for A-levels which set students up for university so a very strong foundation in their physics knowledge is crucial to a prosperous academic journey. We set homework in the style of exams style questions to ensure students get used to this style of question early. We focus on scientific writing skills right from the start of the course, some people refer to this as “exam technique”, but if scientific writing is taught correctly there is no such thing as exam technique, only good and bad scientific writing. We do set a lot of homework with deadlines and expect it all to be completed on time, if homework is late it will recieve a 50% grade penalty.
Parents will make a parent account on our app and add their child (who will need a student account) to their account, this will ensure that parents get notified when homework is set and when the deadline is. You’ll also get notified if homework is late. From the parents dashboard you’ll be able to see a live predicted grade, updated after every piece of homework, so we take homework seriously from the start. Given the recent examination issues due to covid, continuous assessment has to be a vital part of our courses so we are prepared for anything.
We have 2 drop in sessions per week, Mondays 3-4pm and Thursdays 10am-12pm, this allows students 5-15 mintues (depending on how busy the drop ins are) 1:1 time with their tutor so if they need help on homework or a concept explaining again they can get that 1:1 help without needing to book private lessons, it’s all included in the price.
Please note we cannot organise exams for any students, this is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
Lesson time: Wednesdays 3pm.
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Who is the course for?
Any students with a background in KS3 physics, a passion for learning about science and wanting to take their Physics iGCSE in summer 2022.
The first part of the course covers energy transfers, the production of energy, energy stores and energy calculations. We have 6 lessons and 1 test as the 7th lesson.
- 5 lessons + 1 test.
- 9th September – 21st October inclusive.
- 26th-30th October half term.
The second part of first year covers the most important and common forces in physics. We also analyse particle motion, distance time graphs and velocity time graphs.
- 5 lessons + 1 test (the main part of this test will be on forces and motion, but there will be some energy questions to test retention of energy knowledge).
- 4th November – 9th December inclusive.
- Christmas Holidays 14th December – 1st January.
In the second term we learn about waves, the electromagnetic spectrum and the practical uses of waves in every day life.
- 5 lessons + 1 test.
- 6th January – 10th February inclusive.
- 15th-19th February half term.
In this part of the course we learn how circuits work, how to draw circuit diagrams and compute circuit calculations. Students will be expected to revise all parts of the course so far over the Easter Break.
- 5 lessons + no test.
- 24th February – 24th March inclusive.
- 29th March – 9th April Easter break.
The first lesson back on the 14th April will be a revision session. The next lesson on the 21st April will be a test on everything we have covered so far. These grades will be a strong indication of the students predicted grade in the real exam. April 28th we will be going through the test as a group identifying common problems and working through them. The final 3 weeks of lessons in May we will start studying solids, liquids and gases with a test on these after half term.
- 1 test + 5 lessons.
- 14th April – 19th May inclusive.
- 24th May- 7th June long half term (they’ll have earned it).
The lesson on the 9th of June we will finish solids, liquids and gases. Solids, liquids and gases test on the 16th, revision week for the 23rd then the final end of year test on the 30th of June. I like to finish a few weeks ahead of schools so you still get a chance to go on holiday while it’s cheap.
We start off the new academic year learning about electromagnetism, this includes the left hand rule, motor effect and much more!
- 6 lessons + 1 electromagnetism test.
- 8th September – 20th October inclusive.
- 25th-29th October half term.
My personal favourite part of the course and also the last module, really saving the best until last! Here we learn all about radioactivity ans the different types of radioactive decay. We also learn about the solar system, the evolution of stars and the big bang.
- 5 lessons + 1 end of topic test.
- 3rd November – 8th December inclusive.
- 8th December – 9th January Christmas holidays.
The 12th and 19th will both be revision weeks, we’ll then have a full mock exam for paper 1 on the 26th and paper 2 on the 2nd of February, the 9th of February lesson will be reviewing the papers.
- 2 revision lessons + 2 tests and a paper review.
- 12th January – 9th February inclusive.
- 14th February – 18th February half term.
- Student lead work.
- 23rd February – 30th March inclusive.
- 4th February – 24th April Easter Holiday.
We have a long Easter break so students can apply all the revision tips and strategies they have learned in the course to their own personal revision. We are having a 3 week Easter break rather than 2 weeks, to give students that need their own revision space the time they need. I may well run optional revision booster sessions in the third week if enough students want it, though this is separate to the course and an optional extra. The lessons we do have after Easter will be going through past papers on the topics the group has found hardest to ensure they have the best chance of acheiving the most marks possible in their exams. Please note I cannot organise exams for any students, this is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.