A Level - Physics
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
Physics is an exciting practical subject which provides a great basis for you to progress into further education, following courses in engineering or physics or to enter employment where knowledge of physics and its applications are useful.
Lessons are taught using real life examples and practical activities to reinforce the theory that is taught. Amongst topics studied, the course includes the study of electricity, magnetism, forces and fields, Newton’s laws/equations of motion and quantum physics.
You will be given the opportunity to develop your interest and enthusiasm as you progress through the course where the emphasis is on understanding rather than purely memory work.
The A Level OCR Physics `A` specification course offered provides an exceptionally good basis for you to progress into further education, to study various types of engineering courses or physics , or to enter employment where a knowledge of physics would be useful.
A textbook matching the specification will be provided along with opportunities to practise past papers in class.
All lesson resources are available on the colleges virtual learning environment [VLE]. Physics A content is split into six teaching modules:
Modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A Level.
The modules are summarised as:
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.
Paper 1 assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 3 & 5
Paper 2 assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 4 & 6 plus any material appropriately linked within the specification from Modules 3 & 5
Paper 3 assesses content from Modules 1 to 6.
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN THE COURSE?
Grade 6 in GCSE Physics or Grade 66 in GCSE Science
Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics due to the high mathematical content of the subject.
Grade 4 in GCSE English Language or English Literature.
Average GCSE score 5.5
Students are recommended to take A-Level Mathematics or Core Mathematics alongside Physics.
CAN I TAKE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
If you choose to study Physics, you will usually take it alongside two other A levels. Subjects which complement Physics include: Mathematics and Further Mathematics, Electronics, Chemistry and Biology.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Three exams with weighting 37 %, 37 % and 26 %
Practical skills are reported in the second year, but are not examined.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
There are no charges to study this course. However there may be some costs for trips.
WHAT IS THE DURATION?
This is a two year course.
WHAT IS THE UCAS POINTS TARIFF FOR THIS COURSE?
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Course Type A Level
- Duration 2 Years
- Awarding Body OCR