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Physics A Level (OCR) (Crest) at Invictus Sixth Form

Course description

OCR’s A Level in Physics A specification aims to encourage learners to:

• Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other

• Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods

• Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills

• Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject

• Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society (as exemplified in ‘How Science Works’ (HSW)

Course content

Year 12

Module 1 - Practical Skills in Physics– taught throughout

Module 2 - Foundations of Physics

Module 3 - Forces and Motion

Module 4 - Electrons, Waves and Photons

Year 13

Module 5 - Newtonian World and Astrophysics

Module 6 - Particles and Medical Physics

Entry requirements

Specific Entry Requirements: GCSE Grade B in Physics or Additional Science


100% exam to be taken at the end of Year 13.

Module 1 - Development of practical skills in biology contains two sections. Module 1 – Development of Practical Skills in Physics: 1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination and 1.2 Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement.

Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement.

Future opportunities

Physics is a seriously useful subject for the majority of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) careers and you’ll find physicists everywhere, in industry, transport, government, universities, the armed forces, the secret service, games companies, research labs and more.

Physics is especially helpful for jobs that involve building things and developing new technologies, including: engineering (flight, buildings, space, you name it…), astronomy, robotics, renewable energies, computer science, communications, space exploration, science writing, sports and games technology, research and nanotechnology (that’s engineering on a seriously tiny molecular scale).

Physics is also part of the gang of four – which includes Maths, Chemistry and Biology – that you usually need to pick at least two from at A Level to do a range of science degrees, including medicine and engineering. Physics is especially highly recommended for the physical sciences, which involves the study non-living objects.

Physics A Level is usually required for degree courses in: Engineering (general, aeronautical, civil, electrical, mechanical, sometimes chemical), and, you guessed it, Physics...

It is often recommended or useful for: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and other practise based medicine courses, Architecture, Computer Science, Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Maths, Materials Science, Pharmacy, Sports Science, Surveying, Psychology, Teaching. It is also useful for: Anthropology, Psychology, Civil Engineering, Geography, and Teaching.

You may need a Physics GCSE or A-level for some Advanced / Higher Apprenticeships in Engineering or to work as a science technician.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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  • Start date: Next September

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