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,
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.
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.
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:
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.