A Level

Course Details

Awarding Body: OCR

Staff Contacts: Mr M West ( mwest@quarrydale.notts.sch.uk)  Mr P Scott (pscott@quarrydale.notts.sch.uk)

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Key features of the course

Physics A Level is one of the most universally accepted qualifications for progression to university. The course content covers the basis of how things work, from the constituent parts of atoms, out to the extent of the universe. You will integrate the concepts studied with a range of practical experiments throughout each topic giving the course both an academic and practical focus. You will learn to apply your knowledge of the key concepts to solve problems in a range of different contexts and applications.


What’s included?

Development of practical skills in physics • Physical quantities and units • Making measurements and analysing data • Nature of quantities • Motion • Forces in action • Work, energy and power • Materials • Momentum • Charge and current • Energy, power and resistance • Electrical circuits • Waves • Quantum physics • Thermal physics • Circular motion • Oscillations • Gravitational fields • Astrophysics and cosmology • Capacitors • Electric fields • Electromagnetism • Nuclear and particle physics • Medical imaging.

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Minimum of five GCSEs Grades 9 – 4

Including Combined science minimum grade 7/6 or if doing Physics a minimum grade 6.

At least a grade 6 in Maths is also required.

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What could this course
lead on to?

STEM degrees, varieties of Physics, Maths and Engineering

Advanced apprenticeships in industry, at present aerospace, nuclear power generation and electrical power distribution

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Future prospects
and careers

Physicists work in Research and Development, Engineering, and Information Technology. Some physicists work on problems at the frontiers of knowledge; others tackle the challenging problems which arise in the application of physics to industrial and engineering problems. Physicists also work in medicine, astronomy, meteorology and teaching.

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What type of student is this
course suitable for?

This course is suitable for students interested in getting a qualification that leads to lots of different options at university, from Theoretical Physics to Applied Physics, Engineering and Mathematics, Anyone Interested in STEM careers and just curious about how things work. The course is suitable for those interested in problem solving and Interested in doing a wide variety of practical experiments to test hypotheses.

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It is important to understand the assessment structure of the course. What percent are the units ? Are they internally or externally assessed ? Are they exams or coursework?

Component 1

  • Modelling physics (01) 100 marks
  • 2 hours 15 minutes written paper

Component 2

  • Exploring physics (02) 100 marks
  • 2 hours 15 minutes written paper

Component 3

  • Unified physics (03) 70 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
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