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About the course

At Physics AS and A level we follow the OCR Physics A specification.

These specifications have been developed for students who wish to continue with a study of Physics after GCSE. Some students may wish to follow a physics course for only one year as an AS GCE, in order to broaden their curriculum. Others will continue their course to Advanced GCE. Such a course will prepare students to progress into further education, to follow courses in physics, engineering, one of the other sciences or related subjects, or to enter employment where a knowledge of physics would be useful.

AS Physics

  • Development of Practical skills in Physics
  • Foundations of Physics
    1. Physical quantities and units
    2. Scalars & vectors
    3. Measurements
  • Forces and Motion
    1. Motion
    2. Forces in action
    3. Work, energy and power
    4. Materials
    5. Newton’s laws of motion & momentum
  • Electrons, waves & photons
    1. Charge and current
    2. Energy, power & resistance o Electrical circuits
    3.  Waves
    4. Quantum Physics

During the course of the year AS Physics students will have the opportunity to take part in a number of activities to support their learning in Physics including The Physics Olympics, Physics Lectures, Revision Courses, Bursaries and maybe even overseas trips!

A2 Physics

In addition to content from the AS Specification the following topics would be studied at A-Level.

Newtonian world and astrophysics

  1. Thermal physics o Circular motion o Oscillations
  2. Gravitational fields
  3. Oscillations

Particles and medical physics

  1. Capacitors
  2. Electric fields
  3. Electromagnetism
  4. Nuclear & particle physics o Medical imaging

During the course of the year A2 Physics students will continue to have access to a range of extra curricular activities which support their learning in Physics.

How it will be assessed?

In AS Physics, the examination structure comprises 2 externally assessed, written theory examinations. At A-Level Physics the examination structure comprises 3 externally assessed, written theory examinations. Practical endorsement for Physics is reported separately though non-examined assessment.

Qualification details

AS and A2 Physics

Entry Requirements

Students who wish to take Physics at A-level need to achieve A* - B grade at GCSE Physics.

What is expected of you?

You will be expected to attend all lessons and complete all tasks on time. You will need to have a good understanding of GCSE Mathematics and be able to cope with the pressures of a demanding course.

What it prepares you for?

Higher Education

Mosslands students who studied Physics at AS and A2 have gone on to study a range of courses at university including Physics, Engineering, Medical Physics, Medicine, Acoustic Engineering, and Physics & Astronomy.

We continue to hear form former Head Boy, Danny McCarron, who gained a First Class

Honours degree and Phd in Physics at Durham University and a recent Upper Sixth student, Curtis Sheen, who is now studying Physics at St Peter’s College, Oxford.


Studying Physics at A-level can lead to careers in Acoustics, Archaeology, Architecture, Astronomy, Broadcasting, Climatology, Computing, Design, Engineering, Environmental

Science, Forensic Science, Geology, Medicine, Nuclear Science, Pharmacy.

Radiography, Teaching and many more….

For more information

Please talk to your Physics teacher about the possibility of studying Physics in the sixth form, or you may choose to talk to one of the people listed below:

  • Mrs Hood
  • Mr Sanford
  • Mrs Weston