The OCR Physics A course is a content-led course meaning it is divided into topics
covering different concepts in Physics. As learners progress through the course they
will build on their knowledge of the laws of Physics, applying their understanding to
solve problems on topics ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe.
Course Content and Assessment
The new A level specification gives a more streamlined progression
through units and is appropriate for learners of varying aptitude.
Learners build on their GCSE knowledge and are given lots of
opportunity to develop practical skills. The notion of 'how science
works' is integrated throughout the course, along with contemporary
Module 1: Development of practical skills in Physics
Module 2: Foundation of Physics
Module 3: Forces in motion
Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons
Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics
Module 6: Particles and medical Physics
Assessed by three written examinations (2x2.25 hours and 1x1.5
hours), each worth 37%, 37% and 26% respectively. These are
taken in the summer of Year 13. Overall, a minimum of 40% of the
marks across the three papers will be awarded for Mathematics at
level 2 or above.
This is internally assessed and externally moderated through a
minimum of 12 practical activities over the two years.
Although this does not affect student's final grade, it is reported
separately, as a "pass" or "fail" on students' certificates alongside
their overall grade for the A Level qualification.
Extending Your Experience:
Established trips directly related to the course include a visit to
Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station and the Medical Imaging
Department at a local hospital. In addition, trips to hear talks by
visiting university lecturers provide enriching experiences.
At least a grade B in GCSE Additional Science or
GCSE Physics is required, along with a grade B in
GCSE Maths, taken at the higher tier. As 40% of the
assessment will test mathematical skills, ideally, you
should also be looking at taking AS Mathematics.
Where will this Course take me?
Almost anywhere! Physics A level is one of the most
respected A levels by employers. It is an excellent
route into employment or university. It is suitable
for careers such as: Medicine, Physics, Chemistry,
Computer Science, Engineering (Aeronautical,
Mechanical, Electrical, Civil), Philosophy,
Mathematics, Airline pilots, MOD, Economics,
Teaching. The list goes on! The career opportunities
available are as vast as the subject itself, due in part
to the transferable skills gained whilst studying