Oxford Open Learning launch brand new Physics IGCSE distance learning course

Written by two experienced science teachers, Marian Green and Dr Philip West, Oxford Open Learning’s new IGCSE Physics course has been carefully developed to meet the requirements of Edexcel specification 4PH0.  It’s packed full of lively material and includes masses of activities that help students to understand new ideas and put theory into practice.


The course enables students to prepare fully for Edexcel’s two written examination papers for IGCSE Physics:

Paper One: 2 hours; the total number of marks is 120, two thirds of the overall total. The paper examines all of the specification content and all of the assessment objectives. There will be a range of compulsory short-answer, structured questions, which are ramped (gradually increase in level of difficulty) to ensure accessibility for less able students, as well as to stretch more able students.

Paper Two: 1 hour: the total number of marks is 60, one third of the overall total. This paper also examines all of the specification content, but will focus on investigation and the analysis of data.

In both papers, students may be required to perform calculations, draw graphs and describe, explain and interpret physical phenomena. Some of the question content will be unfamiliar to students; these questions are designed to assess data-handling skills and the ability to apply physical principles to unfamiliar information.

The Course

The lessons are planned so that all the material and preparation required for the final examination papers is in the following seven course modules:

  • Module 1: Forces and Motion
  • Module 2: Electricity
  • Module 3: Waves
  • Module 4: Energy Resources and Energy Transfer
  • Module 5: Solids, Liquids and Gases
  • Module 6:  Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  • Module 7: Radioactivity and Particles

The course is designed to develop (1) a broad understanding of  facts, concepts and principles, (2) skills in physical investigation and (3) an ability to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of modern scientific developments.

What does the course include?

In addition to subject content, the course includes a wide range of activities, self-assessment tests, and 12 Tutor-marked assignments of which two a mock exam papers. Students will need to access the internet to carry out some of the course activities.

The practical work described at various places in this course helps you to develop your skills for the practical-based components of the theory exams.  It is not essential to carry out this work yourself, but if you can undertake some of it at home, or have the opportunity to perform supervised laboratory work in the course of your studies, this will be a great help.

The course is designed to be accessible to students who may have only a limited previous background in science.

The IGCSE Physics course is an ideal preparation for those who wish to go on to study Physics, or other scientific subjects, at AS and A2 level.

This course is available world-wide and exams can be taken in Edexcel exam centres all over the world.

If you are thinking about studying GCSE or IGCSE Physics or Science more generally, and would like to know more about Oxford Open Learning’s IGCSE courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Science, then please contact one of our student advisers who will be pleased to help you.

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