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 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. IGCSEs set students up for A-levels which, in turn 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”. We do set a lot of homework with deadlines and expect it all to be completed on time, if homework is late it will receive a 50% grade penalty.
Parents will be notified when homework is set and if homework is late. 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 also allow students to 5-15 minutes with their tutor when needed, 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: Tuesdays 10am
Completing this course will help you/your child:
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 2025.
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.
- 6 lessons + 1 test.
- Lessons: 4th September – 19th October inclusive.
- October half term: 23th-29th inclusive
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
- Lessons: 30 October – 7th December inclusive.
- Christmas Holidays 11th December – 5th January inclusive.
In the second term we learn about waves, the electromagnetic spectrum and the practical uses of waves in every day life.
- 4 lessons + 1 test.
- Lessons: 8th January – 9th February inclusive.
- February half term: February 12th-16th inclusive.
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.
- Lessons: 19th February – 22nd March inclusive.
- Easter break: 25th March – 5th April inclusive.
- 7 Lessons
- 8th April – 24th May inclusive.
- 25th May- 7th June long half term (they’ll need it for mock revision).
The lesson on the 11th of June we will finish solids, liquids and gases. Solids, liquids and gases test on the 18th, revision week for the 25th then the final end of year test on the 2nd of July. 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!
- 5 lessons + 1 electromagnetism test.
- Lessons: 10th September – 17th October inclusive.
- 21st-25th 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.
- Lessons: 29th October – 6th December inclusive.
- 9th December – 9th January: Christmas holidays.
The 14h and 21st will both be revision weeks, we’ll then have a full mock exam for paper 1 on the 28th and paper 2 on the 4th of February.
- 2 revision lessons + 2 tests
- 14th January – 7th February inclusive.
- 10th February – 15th February half term.
- Paper Review after half term
- Lesson on the 18th will be a paper review
- From here, student lead work – it is important to cover which areas these students find the most difficult
- 17th February – 28th March inclusive.
- 29th March – 18th 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.