KS5 Physics | OCR A (H156, H556)
The Physics GCE A Level allows students to develop their interest and enthusiasm for the subject and understand a range of further study and careers associated within physics.
The course aims to encourage learners to develop:
• Essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
• A deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
• Competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
• An understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society
Entry Requirements – students studying GCE Physics will need a minimum of a GCSE Science double award BB grade
Students cover the following 6 modules:
1. Development of Practical Skills in Physics
2. Foundations in Physics
3. Forces and motion
4. Electrons, waves and photons
5. Newtonian world and astrophysics
6. Particles and medical physics
Modelling physics (2hr15mins paper) – 37% of A2 grade
Exploring physics (2hr15mins paper) – 37% of A2 grade
Unified physics (1hr30mins paper) – 26% of A2 grade
With a physics A level students have a wide range of course options open to them at university. These include engineering, physics, IT, astronomy, mathematical sciences. Graduates go on to successful careers that include data analysis, IT, design, chemical, mechanical and laser engineering, medical physics, education, technician, research.
Practical Endorsement in Physics (Teacher assessed) – Students will be assessed throughout the year in practical investigations, however, there is no external assessment of practical skills.