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.
The A level specification gives a 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 topics.
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.
Students will need to achieve a grade 6 in GCSE Physics and ideally a grade 6 in GCSE maths.
Exceptions to this will be considered on an individual basis.
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