Science – Physics


How long does it last? Two years for A Level, one year for AS Level.
Course Codes: H156 AS Level Physics, H556 A level Physics

Exam Board Specification: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-physics-a-h156-h556-from-2015/

Students who take this course:
Students will have a minimum of a Grade B in GCSE Physics or Combined Science and have enjoyed the Physics elements of the course. They will also require a minimum grade 6 in mathematics. They will have an interest in science, particularly physics.

Studying Physics at A Level will provide students with a wealth of opportunities in all branches of engineering, scientific research, medicine or astronomy. Employers value the analytical and logical mind of the physicist and the rigor of this A Level would be welcome on almost any course.

Course Description:
This course aims to provide insights into how the Universe works. The subject is both fascinating and complex and is ideal for anyone who wants to challenge themselves.

OCR AS Level Physics A (H156) Subject Content and Assessments

Physics AS content is split into four teaching modules:
Module 1: Development of practical skills
Module 2: Foundations of Physics
Module 3: Forces and motion
Module 4: Electrons, waves and photons

AS Paper 1: Breadth in Physics. Any content from Units 1 – 4, including relevant practical skills
Section A: Multiple Choice and Section B: Structured questions
Written exam, duration 1hr 30mins, 70 marks, 50% of AS Physics

AS Paper 2: Depth in Physics. Any content from Units 1 – 4, including relevant practical skills Structured and extended response questions
Written exam, duration 1hr 30mins, 70 marks, 50% of AS Physics OCR A-level Physics A (H556) subject Content and Assessments

OCR A-level Physics A (H556) Subject Content and Assessments

Physics A Level content is split into six teaching modules. The modules can be summarised as:
Module 1: Development of practical skills
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

A Level Paper 1: Modelling Physics. Any content from Units 1, 2, 3 & 5 including relevant practical skills.
Section A: Multiple Choice and Section B: Structured questions
Written exam, duration 2hr 15mins, 100 marks, 37% of A Level Physics

A Level Paper 2: Exploring Physics. Any content from Units 1, 2, 4 & 6 including relevant practical skills.
Section A: Multiple Choice and Section B: Structured questions
Written exam, duration 2hr 15mins, 100 marks, 37% of A Level Physics

A Level Paper 3: Unified Physics Any content from Units 1 – 4, including relevant practical skills.
Structure and extended response questions.
Written exam, duration 1hr 30mins, 70 marks, 26% of A Level Physics