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A Level Physics

Studying Physics at A Level

Introduction by Head of A Level Physics:

Hear from the Students:

Exam Board:  OCR
Expected Entry Criteria:  Grade 6 in Combined (Trilogy) Science 

Why study this course?
Physics is a very versatile qualification and can open up opportunities in a wide range of careers from the more traditional science, engineering and medical careers to financial services and journalism. It is essential for degrees in physics and engineering.

What will I learn?

You will learn and develop problem solving through logical thought, mathematical skills and practical application such as planning experiments, analysing data, evaluating procedures and drawing conclusions. 

How will I be taught?

In a variety of ways including practical work, video, discussion and research. We also provide online platforms including Kerboodle and Doodlelearn. 

How many hours a week private study will I have?

You are expected to complete six hours of private study per week. This is a combination of homework, consolidating classwork, learning definitions and equations and extended reading.

You’ll enjoy this course if…

You are interested in how the physical world works from the properties of the tiniest particles that comprise matter to the astronomical bodies that make up the universe.

Course Description

The course content is split into six teaching modules:
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


Paper 1: Modelling Physics
External written examination, 37% of A Level

Paper 2
: Exploring Physics
External written examination, 37% of A Level

Paper 3:
Unified Physics
External written examination, 26% of A Level

Paper 4
: Practical Endorsement
Non-examination assessment and reported separately


For more information, contact Dr R Pandya