LINEAR A-LEVEL COURSE CONTENT

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
Practical skills assessed in a written examination.
Practical skills assessed in practical endorsement.

Module 2 – Foundations of physics
Physical quantities and units, Measurements, Scalars and vectors.

Module 3 – Forces and motion
Motion, Forces in action, Work, energy and power, Materials, Momentum.

Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons
Charge and current, Energy, power and resistance, Electrical circuits, Waves, Quantum physics.

Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics
Thermal physics, Circular motion, Oscillations, Gravitational fields, Astrophysics and cosmology.

Module 6 – Particles and medical physics
Capacitors, Electric fields, Magnetic fields and electromagnetism, Nuclear and particle physics, Medical imaging.

WHERE DO I GO TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?

Visit the OCR website: www.ocr.org.uk or visit http://www.iop.org/
Faculty Leader: Ms J Gill (j.gill@finhampark.co.uk)

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO THIS COURSE?

GCSE 5 Grades 9 to 4 including English at Grade 5 and Mathematics at Grade 7. Grade 7-6 required if combined science is taken at GCSE. Grade 6 in GCSE Physics required if you have done separate science.

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?

Physics is fundamental to our understanding of how the universe works and sits right at the heart of technology development. Studying physics helps you develop skills employers value – an ability to grasp concepts quickly, a determination to find coherent answers, not to mention problem-solving, analytical, mathematical and IT skills.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

You will develop their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures. You will also apply this knowledge in a theoretical and practical context when handling qualitative and quantitative data. In addition, you will analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence to make judgements and reach conclusions and develop and refine practical design and procedures.

HOW MANY EXAMS DO I HAVE TO TAKE AND WHEN DO I TAKE THEM?

Linear A-Level: There are 3 exams totalling 6 hours of exam assessment. Modelling physics (2 hours 15 minutes) assesses content from Modules 1,2,3 and 5. Exploring physics (2 hours 15 minutes) assesses content from 1,2,4 and 6, and unified physics (1 hour 30 minutes) assesses content from all modules 1-6.
Within A-Level Physics, 40% of the marks available within written examinations will be for assessment of mathematics.

IS THERE ANY COURSEWORK OR CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS?

A-Level physics is 100% externally asssessed and there is no coursework or controlled assessments. However, you will be required to develop a range of practical skills throughout their course in preparation for the written examinations.

Students studying A-Level Physics can be awarded a Practical Endorsement in Physics. This non-exam assessment component rewards the development of practical competency for physics and is teacher assessed.  Learners complete a minimum of 12 assessed experiments covering specified technical skills (together with the use of apparatus and practical techniques) and each student will keep an appropriate record of their assessed practical activities. Students who demonstrate the required standard across all the requirements of the assessment criteria will receive a ‘pass’ grade. The assessment of practical skills is a compulsory requirement of the course of study for A-Level qualifications and will appear on all students’ certificates as a separately reported result, alongside the overall grade for the qualification.

WHAT MIGHT STUDYING THIS COURSE LEAD TO?

The A-Level Physics course will prepare you for progression to undergraduate study, enabling you to enter a range of academic and vocational careers in astronomy, armed forces and defence solutions, engineering, medicine, meteorology and climate change, nanotechnology, oil and gas, renewable energy, scientific research, space exploration industries, telecommunications and research and education.