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Physics A Level OCR at Sir Roger Manwood's School

Course description

Why study this subject? 

Whether as a stepping stone to a numerate degree, engineering or just because of a fascination with the world and how it works, this subject will challenge your logical, practical and numerical skills in its unfolding story of the Universe and how it works, taking you on a journey of discovery from the outer edge of space to the depths of sub-atomic particles but also with a solid grounding in everyday physics.

Course content

Course content:


Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

This Module provides learners with the opportunity to develop experimental methods and techniques for analysing empirical data. Skills in planning, implementing, analysing and evaluating will be assessed in the written papers.


Module 2 – Foundations of physics

The aim of this module is to introduce important conventions and ideas that permeate the fabric of physics. For example, physical quantities, S.I. units, scalars and vectors.


Module 3 – Forces and motion

In this module, students will learn how to model the motion of objects using mathematics and understand the effect forces have on objects, and how force and energy are related.


Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons

In this module, students will learn about electrons, electric current, electrical circuits, wave properties, electromagnetic waves and, of course, quantum physics with its contradictory ideas in wave-particle duality.


Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics

Increasing the depth of modules 3 & 4, studying fundamental ideas of thermodynamics and applying concepts in Physics to theories of star formation and the Universe.


Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

Building on basic physics concepts, learning about the fundamental building blocks of the Universe and studying the application of Physics in medicine.

The Practical Endorsement – Ongoing practical work throughout the course allowing students to develop practical skills.


Entry requirements

At least a B grade at GCSE.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Chemistry, Biology or Electronics to prepare for higher education in a science related subject or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Physics such as Science Technician or Electronics Engineer. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 23 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years