Introduction To The Course
Physics is the most fundamental of Sciences. It aims to explore the topics of matter and energy in the world and how they are related. The OCR Physics A specification is designed to develop students’ interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with Physics. This is offered as a two year full A Level course so Physics students will not sit any exams until the end of Year 13.
Standard entry requirements including: GCSE Core and Additional Science (grade B) or GCSE Physics (grade B). Mathematics (grade A) is also required. This is due to the mathematical content involved within Physics.
The A level course is 100% exam. Students will also be awarded with a pass or fail grade for their practical skills – this is assessed from work carried out across the two years of the course.
A Level: Two year course assessed at the end of Year 13
There are 6 modules in the A level course.
Module 1: Development of practical skills
Module 2: Foundations of Physics
Module 3: Forces and motion
Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons.
Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics
Module 6: Particles and medical physics
At the end of year 13 students will sit 3 exams. Paper 1 will be 135 minutes long and will test content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5. Paper 2 is also 135 minutes and will test content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6. Paper 3 is 90 minutes long and can test content from any module. Papers 1 and 2 will be worth 37% each and paper 3 is worth 26%.
Students will also be given a practical endorsement grade for Physics. This is separate to the A level and will not affect the overall grade. Students will be assessed by the school and will be awarded a pass or fail for this element of the course.
2 x two hour and 15 minute papers and 1 x one hour and 30 minutes paper.
Future Career Progression
A good pass in A-level Physics is essential for entry into a degree in all high-technology courses such as electronics, materials science, and astronomy and in all forms of engineering. It is also a requirement for those wishing to pursue a technical career in the Armed Forces and often preferred for studying Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. The knowledge and skills acquired during the A-level course provide a sound background for many different non-scientific careers, such as Computing, Accountancy and other financially orientated careers.