Physics

We follow Physics B Advancing Physics (OCR)

  • UNIT 1: Theory: 30% of AS (15% of A2)
  • UNIT 2: Theory: 50% of AS (25% of A2)
  • UNIT 3: Coursework: 20% of AS (10% of A2)
  • UNIT 4: Theory: 15% of A2
  • UNIT 5: Theory: 25% of A2
  • UNIT 6: Coursework: 10% of A2

Course aims:

To develop the student’s understanding of the fundamental concepts of Physics and their application in everyday and technological settings. To allow students the opportunity to explore their own particular interests via challenging, yet open ended, coursework tasks. To enthuse and open the eyes of the student to the order and beauty of the physical world they live in, whilst also preparing them for potential further study in the subject.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of a grade B at GCSE in both Physics and Mathematics is expected however a grade A in both subjects is preferable.

Key features:

  • Recent technological developments such as digitisation, particle physics and quantum mechanics are core features of the course.
  • Fundamental ideas such as Newtonian mechanics, electromagnetism and fields are treated in very modern, relevant contexts
  • Very substantial resources are packaged on a dedicated course CD which supplements thorough text books for both years.
  • Practical work is a constant theme throughout the course, with a dedicated A Level laboratory that students are encouraged to come and work in at any time.
  • Very comprehensive ICT resources are available, and significant use of these is to be expected.

Higher Education:

Engineering – all disciplines of Engineering, from Civil to Aeronautical will require Physics. Finance – Physics is a sought after A Level, along with Mathematics, for a career in Finance. In general, Physics is regarded as a rigorous, academic A Level and success in it will help in a huge range of careers, from medicine, law and business to journalism, media and architecture.