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Physics A Level at Orleans Park

Course description

Do you want to really understand how things work, in every detail and at the deepest level? Do you have an enquiring mind and enjoy a challenge? Do you wish to develop your practical skills in Physics by planning experiments, collecting data, drawing conclusions and evaluating results? Do you wish to pursue a career in engineering, medicine or another Physics related subject?

Course content

The first year includes linear and non-linear motion; electronics; waves and forces. In Year 13 students will study astrophysics, particles and medical physics.

Course content;

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

Module 2 – Foundation of physics Physical quantities, units and measurements Nature of quantities

Module 3 – Forces and Motion Motion Forces in action Work, energy and power Material Newton’s laws of motion

Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons Electricity: charge and current Electricity: energy, power and resistance Electricity: electrical circuits Waves Quantum physics

Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics Thermal physics Circular motion Oscillations Gravitational fields Astrophysics and cosmology

Module 6 – Particles and medical physics Capacitors Electric fields Electromagnetism Nuclear and particle physics Medical imaging

Entry requirements

GCSE Science (Higher Paper) Trilogy/Synergy  minimum Grade 6-6


GCSE Physics minimum Grade 6 plus one other Science Grade 6 


GCSE Mathematics minimum Grade 5


Modelling Physics - 37%, 100 marks - 2hours 15minutes

Exploring Physics - 37%, 100 marks - 2hours 15minutes

Unified Physics - 26%, 70 marks - 1hour 30minutes

Practical endorsement - Pass/Fail

Modelling Physics assesses content from Module 1,2,3 and 5.

Exploring Physics assesses content from Module1,2,4 and 6.

Unified Physics assesses all content from Module1-6.

Future opportunities

Physics is highly regarded for entry into many higher educational courses. Also the career opportunities are as vast as the subject itself, due in part to the transferable skills gained whilst studying Physics. Physicists work in some of the highest paid sectors of industry, including finance, telecommunications and the electrical industry. Physicists are also found working in many diverse areas such as research and development, industrial physics, material science, mathematical physics, medicine, astronomy, meteorology, geology, nuclear physics, oceanography, particle physics and teaching.

Further information

Applications to the Sixth Form for September 2018 open on Tuesday 3 October 2017 and close on Friday 12 January 2018. Please apply for 3 courses plus a reserve choice.

Entry Requirements for September 2018:

6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 with at least 3 subjects at Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) including English and Mathematics at Grade 4 or higher. Some subjects have specific requirements (as shown on the individual subject page) and we strongly advise that students have at least a GCSE Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) in the subjects they will study at A Level.

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: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: OCR H556

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    • DIRECTIONS FROM A316 Leave the A316 at the St Margarets Roundabout. Join the A3004 (St Margarets Road). Pass St Margarets station on the right. Turn right onto Crown Road (A3004) Turn right onto Richmond Road (A305). Orleans Park is located on the left hand side. BY TRAIN Twickenham is served by trains from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Richmond, Ascot & Reading. BY BUS Services 33, 490, H22, R68 & R70 all stop outside the school on Richmond Road.