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A Level Physics at Meadowhead

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AS/A Level Physics

Course content

Why Physics?

Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles. Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. Moreover, it’s the basis of many other sciences, including chemistry, oceanography, seismology, and astronomy (and can be applied to biology or medical science). All are easily accessible with an education in physics.  Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that lead to technologies which change our lives—from healing joints, to curing cancer, to developing sustainable energy solutions. 


 What does the course involve?

At Meadowhead School the course of study is OCR A level Physics A . (

There will be 2 exam papers at the end of AS (Y12) and 2 at the end of A level (Y13).

Both of the exam papers are on all the topics covered (see below) but one of the exam papers will cover a lot of the content in less detail (‘breadth’) and the other paper will cover less of the content in more detail (‘depth’).

Entry requirements

You’ll need at least B grades in two or more GCSE sciences (e.g. core, additional or triple sciences), and also a B grade in GCSE maths. You will also need to show a good level of interest and enthusiasm in lessons. 


The following topics will be taught and the information in brackets tells you when it will be assessed.



Module 1: Development of practical skills              (assessed in exams at end of AS and A2)


Module 2: Foundations of physics                            (assessed in exams at end of AS and A2)


Module 3: Forces and motion                                    (assessed in exams at end of AS and A2)


Module 4: Electrons, waves, and photons.             (assessed in exams at end of AS and A2)


Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics       (assessed in exams at end of A2 only)


Module 6: Particles and medical physics                (assessed in exams at end of A2 only)

Future opportunities


Anything anywhere – physics is the most sought after A-Level by universities and employers alike.  This is not surprising as it was rated the joint hardest A Level along with Chemistry.   Physicists are problem solvers. Their analytical skills make physicists versatile and adaptable so they work in interesting places. You can find physicists in industrial and government laboratories, on college campuses, in the astronaut corps, and consulting on TV shows.

An education in physics is also a great foundation for careers in:

·    Journalism

·    Law

·    Finance

·    Medicine

·    Engineering

·    Computer Science

·    Astronomy

·    Biology

Further information

Anything else I need to know?

Taking A level maths will help you with the more mathematical aspects of physics.  We also recommend taking maths because if you want to study any aspects of engineering or physics at university, then A level maths will be essential.

Where can I find out more information?  

Please speak to Mrs Sims or Mr Bates. 

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: 26 September 2017
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  • Start date: Next September