Physics in the Sixth Form
A Level Physics - OCR A Specification
What is the course about?
Physics comes from many angles. When you think physics you often think of the inspirations from the past, Albert Einstein or Isaac Newton. In today’s world physics is used in so much more: medicine, healthcare, building, engineering, veterinary, dentistry or for the real high flyers NASA or pilots. It is fascinating and you get to learn about the really massive (galaxies) and the exceptionally small (quarks) and everything in between.
Physics is about the world around us. It is the study of forces and why they cause everything to happen; we study a range of topics from giant stars to the smallest particle. The cross curricular skills you can learn at Physics A Level is extremely valued by universities for all courses and by employers alike.
Physics is a not difficult A level but forces you to think in a practical way and because of this it is one of the most respected courses by employers and Universities. This course shouldn’t be undertaken lightly and if you are unsure you should speak to your science teacher to decide if this is the A Level for you. Ultimately this is the most rewarding A Level available because when you understand what causes things to happen you will truly comprehend the world we live in.
What sort of work will I be doing?
Over a two year course you will learn the following:
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
Throughout the two year course you will also complete a comprehensive set of practical investigations. These are designed to complement the content studied during lessons and to gain practical skills that will be required at University.
How will I be assessed?
Exam board: OCR Physics
If you are studying A Level Physics you will assessed at the end of the second year by three exam papers:
Modelling Physics-2 hours 15 min
Exploring Physics-2 hours 15 min
Unified Physics-1 hour 30 min
As a school, we do not enter students to sit AS Physics examination at the end of the first year. All exams will be sat in Year 13 on the papers, listed above.
What qualifications will I need to take the course?
A level Physics is a challenging course and we recommend students achieve at least a 6 in GSCE Combined Science or Triple Physics as well as a 6 in Maths and English GSCE. Students will need to be able to communicate effectively and research information from a variety of sources and also be able to handle and interpret data.
What do the students say?
‘I really like being in a small class, Mr Elstone knows exactly what we need help with!’- Halah
‘Physics relates to everyday life for example bridges and buildings and even looking at the stars in the sky! It’s so cool!’- Eafa
‘I get a kick out of problem solving!’- Halah
‘I like knowing if the answer is right because there is only one!’- Lauren