GCSE Physics (AQA) P2
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GCSE Physics (AQA) P2

Improve your grade in your GCSE exam. Suitable forAQA: Addtional Science or Physics A
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Created by Michael Hall
Last updated 3/2016
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 23 Supplemental Resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • improve grades in GCSE physics exams
  • describe forces on objects and their effects on motion
  • explain how electric circuits work
  • describe the properties and effects of radioactive materials
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  • no prior knowledge of GCSE physics required, we start from the basics
  • no software or additional materials required to take this course
  • all you need is a positive attitude and a desire to improve your physics grade

If you need help with Physics, you're in the right place. The Physics Boot Camp team has decades of experience of helping students of all abilities improve their GCSE science grades.

This course includes video lectures for every section, downloadable worksheets (with answers) for practice and a summary quiz for each section. Before you spend money on a private tutor, try our course - you can access the course when and where it suits you and the whole unit costs less than one session with a tutor!

This course covers the unit P2 - Physics 2, which is part of the AQA Additional Science or Physics A course. If this is not your exam board or course, then check out our instructor page for a suitable course for you.

In this unit you will learn about why some materials are radioactive, the properties of the three different types of radiation, their uses and effects. You will learn how circuits work, how static electricity occurs and the use of electricity in the home. You will learn how forces affect motion, describing that motion and analysing the energy transfers involved.

We use our expertise from helping thousands of students to highlight the key areas that you need for your exam, along with helping you avoid the mistakes that everyone else makes!

Background music: Nicolai Heidlas - Sunny Afternoon, Hawaiin Winter, Summertime

Who is the target audience?
  • anyone taking the AQA Additional Science or Physics (seperate science) exam
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:22
Understand the structure of the unit and it's components. Taking 2 minutes to complete our pre-course survey (see resources) will help us to help you in the future.
Preview 02:22
2.1 Forces and their Effects
8 Lectures 50:38

Newton's laws of motion explain how things move. Don't worry that

we're starting with the 3rd law, we'll cover the other two later. You

also don't need to remember which law is which, or even that they are

called Newton's laws, but I've kept the names as it's nice to give him


Preview 07:35

Newton's 1st Law describes how the motion of an object is affected by balanced and unbalanced forces. This includes one of the biggest misconceptions in this unit which always catches students out on exam papers - don't fall into the same trap!

Newton's 1st Law

Newton's 2nd Law describes the relationship between force, mass and acceleration.

Newton's 2nd Law

Weight and mass are two commonly confused terms, it is important that you are able to describe the difference between the two, which you'll be able to do after this session
Weight, mass and gravity

In this session you'll learn how to define and calculate speed and acceleration.
Speed and acceleration

There are two motion graphs that you need to know: distance-time and velocity-time graphs. Students tend to find these straightforward when dealing with them separately but look at them together and it's chaos! This session will highlight the key features to look for so that you can cope with whatever type of motion graph is thrown at you in the exam.

Preview 08:45

A vehicle can't stop instantly and this session will help you identify the factors involved in the distance a vehicle travels before stopping.
Stopping Distances

In this session you will learn how objects behave when a force changes their shape.


2.1 Forces and their Effects
20 questions
2.2 Kinetic Energy
4 Lectures 34:57
This session tackles how quickly energy is used to do tasks, which is more simply known as power!
Preview 03:52

Friction is something that we experience all day, every day. This session helps you to explain why it happens and how to increase or decrease it.


This session covers every aspect of momentum, from the mathematical calculations to the description of car safety features.

Energy transfers for falling objects are my favourite part of this unit! Regardless of whether you love this or hate it, this session would help you conquer this kind of question on your exam.

Preview 10:11

2.2 Kinetic Energy
10 questions
2.3 Current in Electric Circuits
8 Lectures 36:28

Understanding the movement of electrons is essential for getting to

grips with electricity and that's what you'll learn about here. Static

electricity also includes the best ever physics demonstration so make

sure you check out the van der graaf generator videos in the resource


Preview 07:50

There are two types of circuit, and understanding the difference between the two will help you solve more complex circuit problems later

Series and Parallel Circuits

Circuits don't work by magic but often students think of them in that mysterious way! This session will help you understand what is actually happening in the wires in a circuit.


Why does electricity move around the circuit in the first place? This session will help you answer that and apply your knowledge to analyse circuits.
Potential Difference

Electricity is the movement of charged particles (electrons). Learn about that in a bit more detail here,


The relationship between voltage, current and resistance is essential to understand what is happening in circuits. We've done current and voltage in the last two sessions... so guess what this one is about!

Current, voltage and resistance questions are fine in isolation but put them all together and students start losing their minds! In this session you'll learn a simple method to help you solve any circuit that the examiners throw at you.

Analysing Circuits

Do you know what an LED is? Either find out here or refresh your memory!


2.3 Current in Electric Circuits
16 questions
2.4 Household Electricity
2 Lectures 10:25

You put a plug in a socket and, as if by magic, electrical devices work in your home. This session will help you learn about how the 'magic' happens!

Preview 06:58

It wouldn't be physics without some equations, so we'll have a look at 3 equations related to power in this session.


2.4 Household Electricity
10 questions
2.5 Radioactive Substances
7 Lectures 36:23
This session will cover the structure of the atom and how we know about that structure considering we can't see it!
Atomic Structure

Radioactive decay equations cause problems whenever they appear on exam papers and you'll learn how to master them in this session.

Radioactive Decay

Learn what ions are here

Preview 00:08

It's important to be able to describe the differences between the three types of nuclear radiation and that's what you'll learn in this session.

Types of Radiation

We are exposed to radiation all the time and this session will look at where that comes from.

Background Radiation

Half-life questions are an examiner favourite and there's nothing to them... honest!

Preview 05:06

Radioactive materials are used in all sorts of places and we'll learn about the main ones here

Using Radiation

2.5 Radioactive Substances
15 questions
2.6 Nuclear Fission and Fusion
2 Lectures 09:52

Nuclear fission is splitting an atom. Learn how to describe the process in this session.

Preview 01:40

In this session you'll learn about the process of nuclear fusion and how stars are formed.

Nuclear Fusion

2.6 Nuclear Fission and Fusion
5 questions
About the Instructor
Michael Hall
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Michael has been teaching GCSE science for 13 years, specialising in Physics. Over that time, he has built up extensive knowledge of the GCSE curriculum, including marking for exam boards as well as helping thousands of students tackle their exams. Michael is one of the directors of Physics Boot Camp.

The team at Physics Boot Camp have decades of experience of helping students of all abilities to improve their GCSE Science grades. We use our expertise to highlight the key areas you need to know for the exam as well as helping you avoid the mistakes everyone else is making!