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Course Name: Physics A Level
Exam Board: OCR

Course Specification

What will you study?

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

Module 2 – Foundation of physics

  • Physical quantities, units and measurement
  • Nature of quantities

Module 3 – Forces and Motion

  • Motion
  • Forces in action
  • Work, energy and power
  • Material
  • Newton’s laws of motion

Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons

  • Electricity: charge and current
  • Electricity: energy, power and resistance
  • Electricity: electrical circuit
  • Waves
  • Quantum physics

Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics

  • Thermal physics
  • Circular motion
  • Oscillations
  • Gravitational fields
  • Astrophysics and cosmology

Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

  • Capacitors
  • Electric fields
  • Electromagnetism
  • Nuclear and particle physics
  • Medical imaging

What skills will you develop?

As learners progress through the course they will build on their knowledge of the laws of Physics, applying their understanding to solve problems on topics ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe. For A level only, the Practical Endorsement will also support the development of practical skills.

How will you be assessed?

  • Modelling physics 37% - 100 marks 2hours 15minutes
  • Exploring physics 37% - 100 marks 2hours 15minutes
  • Unified physics 26% - 70 marks 1hours 30minutes
  • Practical endorsement  (pass or fail)

Modelling physics assesses content from Module 1,2,3 and5

Exploring physics assesses content from Module1,2,4 and 6

Unified physics assesses all content from Module1-6