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AS Physics OCR / A2 Physics AQA at Moseley School and Sixth Form

Course description

General Information

We all have a need to make sense of the world in which we live, and it is the urge to meet this need that leads us to question every aspect of our lives from the moment we are born into this world. Those of us that develop an interest in Physics quickly begin to question -

‘When and how did the universe begin?’

What is dark energy/dark matter?

‘What is happening inside the atom?’

‘What will be the fate of our universe?’

As well as probing the most fundamental mysteries in nature, Physics forms the scientific basis for most present and future technologies. Modern life is dominated by technological developments based on discoveries in Physics, from ultra-fast computers, nanotechnology, to renewable energy technologies.


Course content

    Course outline

Year 12 - AS Physics (OCR)

2a. Overview of As level in Physics A (H156)

Content overview

Content is split into four teaching

  • Module 1 - Development of practical skills in Physics
  • Module 2 - Foundations of Physics
  • Module 3 - Forces and motion
  • Module 4 - Electrons, waves and photons
  • Both components assess content from all four modules.


Entry requirements

Physics GCSE grade B or above, or Core and Additional Science GCSEs grade B or above.


Assessment Overview

Breadth in physics (01) 70 marks 1hr 30 minutes written paper  50 % of total AS level

Depth in physics (02) 70 marks 1hr 30 minutes written paper 50% of total AS level

Practical Endorsement

Module 1 of the specification content relates to the practical skills learners are expected to gain via practical activities embedded throughout the course. These skills are assessed throughout the examinations and also through the practical endorsement. Students will carry out a minimum of 6 practical activities over the course of the year covering a core list of apparatus and skills usage. These will be teacher assessed and are designed to develop students’ practical skills ability to a suitable level of competency. The six practical areas considered during this year will be:


·         Investigating motion

·         Investigating properties of materials

·         Investigating electrical properties

·         Investigating electrical circuits

·         Investigating waves

·         Investigating quantum effects           

Year 13 - A2 Physics (AQA)

Unit 4 - PHYA4 - Fields and further mechanics

Written Examination - (75 marks / 120 UMS) 1 3/4 HOURS 

Section  A  Is 25 mutiple choice questions, each worth one mark

Section B is a written paper of 4/5 structured questions and consists of 50 marks 20 % Available June only

Unit 5 - One of Units PHA5A, PHA5B, PHA5C PHA5D

Written Examination - (75 marks / 120 UMS) 13/4 hours

Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics - 40 marks - Compulsory section 4.5 structured questions

Section B: one of the following options. EAch paper has 4/5 structured questions and 35 marks. 20/5 of the total A Level marks (Section A 10%, Section B 10%


A - Astrophysics

B - Medical Physics

C - Applied Physics

D - Turning Points in Physics

Available June only

Unit 6 - Investigative and practical skills in A2 Physics


PHA6G, Center Marked Route T 0- 50 marks

Practical SKills Assessment (ISA - 41 marks)


PHA6X, Externally, Marked Route X - 55 marks

Practical Skills Verification (PSV -teacher verification)

Externally Marked Practical Assignment (EMPA - 55 raw marks)

10% of the total A Level marks - Availale June only


Financial information

For further information, please contact the course co-ordinator above.

Future opportunities

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

A-level Physics is an important qualification for many careers. Some A-level Physicists will go on to study Physics and associated courses at university level - this may lead to a career in research and development at university or in industry. Others choose to study Physics because they feel it will provide them with the necessary skills for a career in engineering, finance, meteorology and electronics to name a few.

Further information

Where can you get more information/support?

Regular support sessions will be available at lunchtimes, after school and break times throughout the course to help students with homework and exam preparation.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Moseley School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 17 May 2016
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