Physics

  • A Level

  • OCR A

  • Entry requirements: GCSE Physics Grade 6 or above Strongly advised - GCSE Maths Grade 6 or above due to challenging mathematics content. It is recommended, although not compulsory, that A Level Physics is selected in conjunction with at least Core Maths.

  • Goes well with: Chemistry, Core Maths, Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Computer Science.

Physics is a stimulating and rewarding subject. If you study it, you will start to have a better understanding of the Universe around you, including the behaviour of atoms and subatomic particles. A level Physics is an important qualification for many careers with students pursuing Physics-related degrees such as Engineering or Electronics. To pursue these fields A Level Physics is as essential, as is A Level Mathematics. There are other degrees, where, although Physics is not essential, it is definitely useful, such as Medicine or Chemistry. Physics is highly regarded by Universities and employers due to the development of mathematical and problem solving skills. Physics is more than a subject - it trains your brain to think beyond boundaries.

Module 1 - Development of Practical Skills in Physics

Planning, analysis and evaluation skills are taught as part of the content throughout the course, and are assessed in the written papers. Students will also work towards a 'Practical Endorsement' awarded at the end of the course. In order to achieve this, students will have to complete a minimum of 12 practical investigations and associated write ups in lessons.

Module 2 - Foundations of Physics

Physical quantities and units, Making measurements and analysing data, Nature of quantities.

Module 3 - Forces and Motion

Motion, Forces in action, Work, energy and power, Materials, Newton's laws of motion, Momentum.

Module 4 - Electrons, waves and photons

Charges and current, Electrical Circuits, Energy, power and resistance, Waves, Quantum Physics

Module 5 - Newtonian World and Astrophysics

Thermal Physics, Circular Motion, Oscillations, Gravitational Fields, Astrophysics.

Module 6 - Particles and Medical Physics

Capacitors, Electric Fields, Electromagnetism, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Medical Imaging.

Assessment

The full A Level is assessed at the end of the two years in three written papers:

Paper 1: Modelling Physics (37%)

Paper 2: Exploring Physics (37%)

Paper 3: Unified Physics (26%)

Students will also be awarded a pass or fail for the practical endorsement.

“Physics has inspired me as it is both an exciting and enjoyable subject. Fun is the only word we can use to describe Physics. Physics allows us to understand how the Universe works and through Physics we’ve been inspired to engage with life more.”