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Physics A Level at Southern Consortium Sixth Form

Course description

Our Physics A specification is designed to inspire your learners. The course will develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with Physics.

A level physics A specification takes on a content-led approach to the course. It is flexible approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of physics. As learners progress through the course, they will build on their knowledge of the laws of physics, applying their understanding to areas from sub-atomic particles to entire universe.

Course content

AS Physics H156 content over view :

Breadth in physics (01) and Depth in physics (02):Both components assess content from all four modules.

  • Module 1 - Development of practical skills in physics
  • Module 2 - Foundations of physics
  • Module 3 - Forces in motion
  • Module 4 - Electrons, waves and photons

A level Physics H156 content overview:

  • Module 1 - Development of practical skills in physics
  • Module 2 - Foundations of physics
  • Module 3 - Forces and motion
  • Module 4 - Electrons, waves and photons
  • Module 5 - Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Module 6 - Particles and medical physics

Component 01 Modelling physics assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5

Component 02 Exploring physics assesses content from modules 1,2, 4 and 6.

Component 03 Unified physics asesses content from all modules (1 to 6)

Practical Endorsement in physics 04

Entry requirements

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 5 and above in English and Maths, as well as a minimum of GSCE grade C’s and B’s (point score of 41.5).

To study A Level Physics, students are also required to have a GCSE Maths grade 6 and minimum grade B in physics or grade B in additional science.


At the end of first year, pupils can sit for an AS examination and obtain a certificate.

  • Breadth in Physics 01 50% of total AS Level
  • Depth in physics 02 50% of total AS Level

This will not be counted for A Level accreditation at the end of the two years. Students must sit for all the units as specified below for A Level physics, to obtain an A Level grade.

Practical assessment is done on two basis. The first part is from the required practicals prescribed by OCR. The second part is based on written paper incorporated in an examination module.

  • Modelling Physics 01 37% of total A Level
  • Exploring Physics 02 37% of total A Level
  • Unified Physics 03 26% of total A Level


Future opportunities

Higher education in physics, engineering, medicine, and any math and physics based route.

Further information

Students will need to attend the step up program in physics before starting AS physics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southern Consortium Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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