Examination Board & Code :   OCR: H556
Length of Course : 2 Years to full A level 

What is Physics A level about?

The course aims to foster the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of physical concepts, using experimental work, numerical analysis and ICT where appropriate. We aim to produce students who have a confident grasp of the subject and the original, creative and enquiring minds possessed by good scientists.  Practical skills are assessed internally through a series of short tasks.

Is this course for me?

A-level Physics is a demanding course and, as such, success in it will give added enjoyment and satisfaction. You will need to have achieved and preferably exceeded the minimum academic standards set out in our sixth form entry requirements.

What else do I need to know?

The study of A-level Mathematics (Pure Mathematics and Mechanics) is extremely desirable as a back-up to the more mathematical areas of Physics. You may be asked to pay travel costs and entry fees for external lectures but there are no internal costs.

What do other students say?

After a lot of hard work it suddenly all clicks into place and you feel fantastic.
I really enjoyed learning about Particle Physics, which you don’t really do at GCSE.
It’s a hard subject but people respect you for studying it and it looks good on university and job applications.

Where could it lead?

Past students have studied a variety of University subjects such as Physics, Astrophysics, Natural Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Computing, Music Technology, Civil Engineering, Medicine and Aeronautics. The analytical skills gained in this course are also useful in many non-scientific careers e.g. Law, Accountancy.

How is this course structured?

Unit overview 

content is split into 6 teaching modules 

Assessment overview

with 4 assessments combining all 6 modules

1  Development of practical skills in physics
2  Foundations of physics

Modelling physics (modules 1,2,3 and 5); 100 marks; 

2 hours 15 minutes written paper; 37% of total A level

3  Forces and motion

Exploring physics (modules 1,2,4 and 6); 100 marks; 

2 hours 15 minutes written paper; 37% of total A level

4  Electrons, waves and photons

Unified physics (modules 1 to 6); 70 marks; 1hr 30 minutes written paper; 26% of total A level

5  Newtonian world and astrophysics

Practical endorsement in physics; Non exam assessment – reported separately

6  Particles and medical physics