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Physics AS OCR at Longdean School

Course description

See for further details.  This course is best taken alongside two or three other subjects at a similar level, and candidates should think carefully about the overall combination.  It is an advantage if one of them is Mathematics.


The course aims to encourage candidates to:  

• develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for physics, including the possibility of further study and careers in physics;

• appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;

• develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works;

• develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Physics and how they relate to each other.


There are three modules to the course – two are assessed by written examination in the Summer and one is an internally-marked (and externally moderated) assessment of practical laboratory skills.

The first two modules are called “Mechanics” and “Electrons, Waves and Photons”.  The three modules are weighted at 30%, 50% and 20% respectively.

Entry requirements

EITHER Grade B or better in GCSE Physics

OR Grade B or better on both P1 & P2 papers at Higher level as part of grade C or better in BOTH GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science

SUPPORTED BY Grade C or better in GCSE English and Grade B or better in GCSE Mathematics

Future opportunities

Most candidates continue with the subject for a second year and complete the full A level (A2) qualification, which requires three more modules to be completed within a similar course structure.  The course is directly relevant for many degrees in physics or related subjects such as medicine, medical physics, engineering and many others.  Candidates who are also taking a second science or mathematics will have a greater choice of destinations and courses.   The A level can also be a supporting subject in an application for a degree in something completely different.  A good A level pass in Physics is also evidence of general standards and transferable skills for candidates who wish to move straight into employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longdean School directly.

Last updated date: 21 January 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year