Self-studying A-level physics on AQA or Edexcel? Watch

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I was wondering whether to choose AQA or Edexcel to self-study A-level physics?

I've checked the syllabus for both exam boards and Edexcel seems easier if I'm honest, but AQA seems to have better resources.

Any advice please?

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(Original post by Lightning-Strike)
I was wondering whether to choose AQA or Edexcel to self-study A-level physics?

I've checked the syllabus for both exam boards and Edexcel seems easier if I'm honest, but AQA seems to have better resources.

Any advice please?

Thank you
Pros and cons.
Dont forget you need to pay for practical endorsement.
If I had enough money I would plump for uplearn.
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Asked physics teacher this question a while ago, said AQA is better board and better syllabus.
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Last time I looked they were about equally popular so it's all down to personal preference. Go with the specification where you can find somewhere to let you sit the practical endorsement.
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Pros and cons.
Dont forget you need to pay for practical endorsement.
If I had enough money I would plump for uplearn.
The practical stuff is all sorted. I just need to pick the right centre, but there are plenty around me.

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The practical stuff is all sorted. I just need to pick the right centre, but there are plenty around me.
How can the practical stuff all be sorted if you haven't got a centre yet (unless you're re-sitting)? It has to be the centre where you are entered for the exams that submits the grade for the practical endorsement so - if you're not doing it there - they have to see the evidence that you have completed them and be prepared to submit a grade based on that (which is something that isn't mentioned in the rules). Also, I don't wanted to be pessimistic, but not many centres accept private candidates at all and VERY few accept them for the practical endorsement - you may find it takes a while to find anywhere.


Edit: AS far as I am aware there are only 10-15 places in the country (London (several) , Bristol, Coventry, Bolton....) that accept students for practicals and several of them only so one board
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Asked physics teacher this question a while ago, said AQA is better board and better syllabus.
I actually quite like AQA, but the one thing that annoyed me is that sometimes the content is missing in textbooks. For example, I was doing a past paper and a question about energy levels of electrons came up.

The highest level has an energy of 0. The question asked what happens to the electron at this energy level. The answer is that it means the electron has escaped the atom. The issue is that when I looked through my Oxford and CGP textbooks there was no mention of this at all. I'm worried about this happening again and again and if that's the case then I could do poorly in the exams.

On the other hand, I have a textbook called Advanced Physics for You and although I only had a brief look I still couldn't find that energy level thing anywhere so I guess that does defend Oxford and CGP.

I don't know. I've got until Monday to decide.

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Last time I looked they were about equally popular so it's all down to personal preference. Go with the specification where you can find somewhere to let you sit the practical endorsement.
There are a lot of centres near where I live so I have access to pretty much all exam board practicals. It's really more to resources as I found missing content in two AQA specfic textbooks and I'm hoping Edexcel won't have the same issue. If I keep finding missing content them I'm worried about getting a bad grade in the end.

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How can the practical stuff all be sorted if you haven't got a centre yet (unless you're re-sitting)? It has to be the centre where you are entered for the exams that submits the grade for the practical endorsement so - if you're not doing it there - they have to see the evidence that you have completed them and be prepared to submit a grade based on that (which is something that isn't mentioned in the rules). Also, I don't wanted to be pessimistic, but not many centres accept private candidates at all and VERY few accept them for the practical endorsement - you may find it takes a while to find anywhere.
By sorted out I meant that I contacted a few centres that allowed me to sit the practicals and exams. It's just a matter of making a choice of an exam board, exam centre, paying for the practicals and exams etc.
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By sorted out I meant that I contacted a few centres that allowed me to sit the practicals and exams. It's just a matter of making a choice of an exam board, exam centre, paying for the practicals and exams etc.
That's great if you're sorted.
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That's great if you're sorted.
Yeah, I got lucky. You're right about a lot of places not allowing you to sit the practicals and it wasn't easy finding them. Call after call after call.
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