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Physics

About the course:

At Physics AS and A2 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

  • Mechanics – including topics such as Space, Time and Motion, Forces in Action, Work and Energy, and Materials.
  • Electrons, Waves and Photons – including topics such as Electric Current, Resistance, DC Circuits, Waves Quantum Physics and Communication.
  • Practical Skills in Physics – Students complete qualitative, quantitative and evaluative practical tasks which are teacher assessed and externally moderated. These practical investigations may look at Physics in Use and Quality of Measurement.
  • 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

  • FURTHER PHYSICS – including topics such as Newton’s Laws and Momentum, Circular Motion and Oscillations and Thermal Physics.
  • FIELD AND PARTICLE PHYSICS – including topics such as Electric and Magnetic Fields, Capacitors and Exponential Decay, Fundamental Particles , Nuclear Physics, Medical Imaging and Modelling the Universe.
  • PRACTICAL SKILLS IN PHYSICS – Students complete qualitative, quantitative and evaluative practical investigations which are teacher assessed and externally moderated. These practical investigations may include a research activity.
  • 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 will it be assessed?

For A-Level Physics There are 3x2hr papers

Paper 1 assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5

Paper 2 assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6

Paper 3 assesses content from Modules 1 to 6.

There are also 12 compulsory practical tasks that must be completed over the two years

 

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                                                     

  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Astronomy
  • Architecture

Careers

  • Architect  
  • Vet
  • Engineer
  • Forensic science
  • Radiographer

 

Qualification details:

OCR AS/A2 Physics

Specification code: Physics  A - H156, H556

 

Entry requirements:

At least five grades 5-9 at GCSE.

Students who wish to take Physics at A-level need to achieve 7-9 grades at GCSE Physics and Mathematics .

 

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:

Senior Lead Science Mrs K Weston

Lead Science Mr P Woodward