Physics


AS Level Physics (H156)* / A Level Physics (H556)*

*Note from September 2015 these are no longer awarded with AS level being a part of progression to A level but are taken as separate courses. However they will be taught at the same time as the content and assessment are the same.

Introduction

A Level Physics A will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of physics. It covers the key concepts of physics and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Physics A highly appealing.  You will learn about the core concepts of physics and about the impact of research and how it links to everyday life. You will learn to apply your knowledge, investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

Exam Board

  • OCR Specification A

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of a Grade B in GCSE Double Award Science / Triple Award Physics and also a Grade B in GCSE English and a Grade B in GCSE Mathematics

Modules: AS Level/A Level

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics**
  • 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

**Indicates modules studied at AS level.

Assessment

AS Level

Breadth in physics (01) - Comprises of a 1 hour 30 minutes written paper worth 70 marks and provides 50% of the total AS level.

Depth in physics (02) - Comprises of a 1 hour 30 minutes written paper worth 70 marks and provides 50% of the total AS level.

Both components assess content from all four modules.

A Level

Modelling physics (01) - assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5. Comprises of a 2 hour 15 minutes written paper worth 100 marks and provides 37% of the total A level.

Exploring physics (02) - assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6. Comprises of a 2 hour 15 minutes written paper worth 100 marks and provides 37% of the total A level.

Unified physics (03) - assesses content from all modules (1 to 6). Comprises of a 1 hour 30 minutes written paper worth 70 marks and provides 26% of the total A level.

Practical endorsement in physics (04) (non-exam assessment) Reported separately. To achieve a Pass within the Practical Endorsement, candidates must have completed a minimum of 12 assessed practical activities (covering all of categories 1 to 12) and achieved the level of competence defined within the Common Practical Assessment Criteria

Progression routes from this course

A Level Physics A is an excellent base for a university degree physics or engineering.  A Level Physics A can open up a range of career opportunities including: physical research, engineering and applied engineering. The transferable skills you will learn, such as problem solving, are also useful for many other areas, such as law and finance.