Faculty: Science         

Level:  AS and A level ( students will either sit AS or A Level)

Examination Board / website:  OCR  Syllabus A (new specification starting Sept 2015)


Students will study Physics at either AS or A level.   The A level course will run through to the end of Year 13.  The new AS Level is now a standalone qualification and will be completed at the end of Year 12.

Assessment Detail :

AS level          2 written examinations at the end of year 12,  no coursework,

Written exams

Breadth in physics                           50% of total AS level

Depth in physics                               50% of total AS level


A level  3 written examinations at the end of Year 13 and a coursework module.

Written exams

Modelling physics                            37% of total A level

Exploring                                          37% of total A level

Unified                                               26% of total A level


Practical endorsement                    Does not form part of final assessment, but compulsory.

Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course :

Physics demands a high degree of numeracy and you will need to be confident performing calculations and applying mathematical techniques.  In examinations, there are a variety of different types of questions.  Short answer questions can either be numerical or descriptive.  Longer answer questions require more detailed answers and may relate to practical investigations carried out in class.  Marks are awarded for independence and initiative.

Goes well with: Mathematics, Chemistry, Geography, ICT. Should avoid doing 3 sciences.

Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:

Endless!!  Engineering (Mechanical, Civil, Electronic, Chemical, Process), Medicine, Dentistry, Material Science, Physics, Chemistry, Information Technology, Aeronautics, Architecture.

Course Outline

Physics A content is split into six teaching modules: Modules 1 to 4 constitute the stand-alone AS Level qualification; Modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A Level.

The modules can be summarised as:

  1. Module 1: Development of practical skills.

  2. Module 2: Foundations of physics.

  3. Module 3: Forces and motion.

  4. Module 4: Electrons, waves, and photons.

  5. Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics.

  6. Module 6: Particles and medical physics.

For further information, please contact: Mr F. Joseph - Head of Science and Head of Physics (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Thursday the 30th. Hendon School, Golders Rise, Hendon, London, NW4 2HP ~ Tel: 020 8202 9004 ~ Fax: 020 8202 3341 ~ E-mail: info@hendonschool.co.uk