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Hello! I am wanting to sit Further Maths and Physics A-Levels and reapply to university after having some personal issues going on. I was wondering can you sit Physics A-Level outside of a school due to having to take a practical? I am unsure of which exam board to go for Physics but I don't seems to know where to start really. I will be sitting it over the next coming year
Original post by pierrelanson
Hello! I am wanting to sit Further Maths and Physics A-Levels and reapply to university after having some personal issues going on. I was wondering can you sit Physics A-Level outside of a school due to having to take a practical? I am unsure of which exam board to go for Physics but I don't seems to know where to start really. I will be sitting it over the next coming year

Assuming you are a candidate in England then yes, to complete a physics A level you need to complete a set of required practicals to pass the Practical Endorsement. This can be quite difficult and certainly expensive for a private candidate, plan for around £1000 e.g. https://www.englishandmaths.com/12-practical-endorsements/

You can pass the exams without the practicals but for most university applications you will find they expect a pass in the endorsement as well as the required grade in the exams. Check with any university you plan to apply to and confirm they require the endorsement.

Although all examiners offer A level physics their specifications are quite similar. AQA are a popular choice for sciences and A good place to start is the AQA specification and other subject information
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408

If you are an international candidate the Pearson/Edexcel IAL offers the option of exam based assessment of practical knowledge as an alternative to practical assessments.
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-advanced-levels/physics.html
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Original post by gdunne42
Assuming you are a candidate in England then yes, to complete a physics A level you need to complete a set of required practicals to pass the Practical Endorsement. This can be quite difficult and certainly expensive for a private candidate, plan for around £1000 e.g. https://www.englishandmaths.com/12-practical-endorsements/

You can pass the exams without the practicals but for most university applications you will find they expect a pass in the endorsement as well as the required grade in the exams. Check with any university you plan to apply to and confirm they require the endorsement.

Although all examiners offer A level physics their specifications are quite similar. AQA are a popular choice for sciences and A good place to start is the AQA specification and other subject information
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408

If you are an international candidate the Pearson/Edexcel IAL offers the option of exam based assessment of practical knowledge as an alternative to practical assessments.
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-advanced-levels/physics.html

Wow thank you so much. I am currently in the UK but was going to travel to live in Australia for a year while working. I was planning to come back to sit Physics, Further Mathematics and possibly Statistics A-levels if I couldn't over there. I should of mentioned that I have passed the practical back in 2017 with AQA when they first changed the system, however my grade was awful in the exams. I really like the Edexcel mathematics text books, do you know of some for the new AQA?
Original post by pierrelanson
Wow thank you so much. I am currently in the UK but was going to travel to live in Australia for a year while working. I was planning to come back to sit Physics, Further Mathematics and possibly Statistics A-levels if I couldn't over there. I should of mentioned that I have passed the practical back in 2017 with AQA when they first changed the system, however my grade was awful in the exams. I really like the Edexcel mathematics text books, do you know of some for the new AQA?

If you passed the endorsement in 2017 then technically I don't think you have to take it again but make sure your exam centre is aware of your existing pass. Not sure how your potential uni would view the gap between the endorsement and the exam pass. Everyone I know doing AQA A level sciences use these books
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Physics-Level-Year-Student-Book/dp/0198351860/ref=sr_1_11?crid=2I6L63LRXZMX4&keywords=aqa+physics+a+level&qid=1652005932&sprefix=aqa+phy%2Caps%2C72&sr=8-11
(either one book for each year or I think there's a version all in one 'heavy' book)

For maths I'd advise a private candidate to consider Edexcel because the range of resources and free support is probably better than any other.
I will give them a ring come Monday and see if I can use my old one. I am hoping to go to Bristol however am conisdering Exeter and one of the London ones for Mathematics but already have a pretty strong foundation year in Mathematics from Manchester. Brilliant, I will get these then, and I will get the biggen. Yes I will do Edexcel for Mathematics, I have bought a couple of the textbooks already :smile:
Think the big physics book is just the two separate ones in a single book. (same author)
If you are applying for maths then I can't see the gap between endorsement and exam pass being an issue
Good luck
Thank you, in a year I will let you know what happened!

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