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Specification: OCR


Qualification type: A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades)

Physics 6. Students also need a 6 in Maths in the higher paper.


Subject description

Physics is used to solve problems – health, environmental, social and technological. It’s about practical applications in the world around us but also involves concepts such as the origins of the universe and the smallest building blocks of the cosmos.  You may wish to consider combining Physics with another Science or Maths course.


Units studied

Module 1: Development of practical skills: planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.

Module 2: Foundation of Physics: physical quantities, units, measurements, scalars and vectors.

Module 3: Forces and motion: motion, forces in action, work, energy and power, materials.

Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons: charge and current, energy, power and resistance electrical circuits, waves, quantum physics.

Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics: thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields.

Module6: Particles and medical physics: capacitors, electric fields, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics, medical imaging.


How the course is assessed


Papers 1 and 2 can assess any content from modules 1 to 4.

A Level

Paper 1 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5. 2 hr 15 min 37%.

Paper 2 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 6 plus any material appropriately flagged within the specification form modules 3 and 5. 2 hr 15 min 37%.

Paper 3 assesses content from modules 1 to 6. 90 min 26%.

Practical endorsement for Physics. This does not count towards the final grade but will show one the exam certificate as practical skills pass or fail.


Post-18 opportunities

Physics can be used to gain entry to careers such as science, technology, law, commerce, engineering and education, to give just a few examples.


Teacher responsible:  Mr S Lucking