Physics

Why study Physics?

The course aims to:

  • develop your interest in and enthusiasm for physics, including developing an interest in further study and careers in physics;
  • enable you to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;
  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of physics and how they relate to each other.

Exam

What will I study?

The specification is divided into topics, each containing different key concepts of physics. Once the key features of a topic have been developed, applications are considered. The AS GCE is made up of three mandatory units, of which two are externally assessed and one is internally assessed and will include the assessment of practical skills. These units form 50% of the corresponding six-unit Advanced GCE.

 

The Advanced GCE is made up of three mandatory units at AS and three further mandatory units at A2.

 

Two of the AS and two of the A2 units are externally assessed.

The third AS unit and the third A2 unit are internally assessed and will include the assessment of practical skills.

 

The course content is as follows:

AS Units

Unit G481: Mechanics

Three modules comprising: Motion; Forces in Action; Work and Energy

Unit comprises 30% of AS course

 

Unit G482: Electrons, Waves and Photons

Five modules comprising Electric Current; Resistance; DC Circuits; Waves; Quantum Physics

Unit comprises 50% of AS course

 

Unit 483: Practical Skills in Physics 1

Tasks set by OCR and internally assessed

Unit comprises 20% of AS course

 

A2 Units

Unit G484: Newtonian World

Three modules comprising Newton’s Laws and Momentum, Circular Motion and Oscillations; Thermal Physics

Unit comprises 30% of A2 course

 

Unit G485: Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics

Five modules comprising: Electric and Magnetic Fields; Capacitors and Exponential Decay; Nuclear Physics; Medical Imaging; Modelling the Universe

Unit comprises 50% of A2 course

 

Unit G486: Practical Skills in Physics 2

Tasks set by OCR and internally assessed

Unit comprises 20% of A2 course

 

 

How will I study?

Lessons, practical tasks, group work, independent learning, presentations and using past papers.

 

Where could it lead?

Physics is an ideal subject to study at degree level. In addition, a Physics A level can prepare you for other related courses including, engineering, electronics, computer science, environmental courses and sports science.

These in turn can lead to a wide range of career options.