Physics is the science that explains why the universe is as it is and impacts on all parts of our lives. An understanding of physics is necessary in all other sciences from astronomy to zoology. All of the materials used by engineers and technologists are chosen and tested for safety by physicists; we all experience forces and transfer energy continuously, whether it be breathing or baking a cake, driving a car or listening to a battery driven MP3 player. Physics is concerned with all aspects of force and energy from the collisions of galaxies to colliding tiny parts of atoms in the Large Hadron Collider. This course will be of interest to you if you want to study Physics, medicine, engineering, mathematics, computing and programming or related subjects.
Studying physics gives you an excellent qualification for a wide career choice within science, industry or commerce. A physics student is numerate, analytical, and practical and has good problem solving, presentation and communication skills. Jobs are to be found in aerospace, engineering, software design and nuclear power as well as in business, banking, accountancy, marketing, advertising, teaching, and the IT sector.
To be successful at Advanced Level you must have achieved at least one A Grade and one B Grade in GCSE Sciences (dual) or an A in physics and a B grade in either chemistry or biology (triple). You are recommended to have a minimum of a B grade in mathematics.
The new OCR Physics A specification consists of a total of 6 modules at AS and A2 level.
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
The unit titles and weightings are as follows:
AS Level assessment comprises two Examinations covering content from modules 1-4
Breadth in Physics – 70 marks – 1 hour 30 minutes written paper – 50% of the total AS GCE marks
Depth in Physics – 70 marks – 1 hour 30 minutes written paper – 50% of the total AS GCE marks
A Level assessment comprises 3 Examinations covering content from all 6 modules and a separate Physics Practical Skills endorsement which will be reported separately.
Modelling Physics – 100 marks – 2 hour 15 minutes written paper – 37% of the total A Level GCE marks
Exploring Physics – 100 marks – 2 hour 15 minutes written paper – 37% of the total A Level GCE marks
Unified Physics – 70 marks – 1 hour 30 minutes written paper – 26% of the total A Level GCE marks
Practical Endorsement is marked internally by the centre and submitted to OCR.