Physics (A-Level and AS)

Why study physics?
This course will challenge you intellectually, and you will take an active role in the consideration of phenomena and the physical world around us. You will become more adept at problem solving and showing analytical skills, and enjoy learning the subject using a range of methods and techniques.

The course will develop your interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, and open up routes to further study and careers associated with physics.

What will I learn about?

Physics content is split into six teaching modules:
•  Development of practical skills - you will learn techniques for planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation
•  Foundations of physics - including physical quantities and units, making measurements and analysing data
•  Forces and motion - this includes motion, forces in action, work, energy and power, materials, Newton’s laws of motion and momentum
•  Electrons, waves, and photons - this unit covers charge and current, energy, power and resistance, electrical circuits, waves and quantum physics
•  Newtonian world - studying thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields and astrophysics
•  Particles and medical physics -including capacitors, electric fields, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics and medical imaging

How will I be assessed?
• Examinations • Written assessments • Practical work

Future pathways and careers
• Engineering • Medical physics • Scientific researcher • Project management • Electronic engineer • Other science related courses

Entry requirements
Two GCSEs at grade B in science and grade 6 in mathematics

Examination board: OCR
Specification: H156/H556