Physics OCR AS and A Level at Larkmead School
This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 onwards. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade.
Module 1: Development of practical skills in Physics
Module 2: Foundation of Physics (quantities & units, scalars & vectors,
Module 3: Forces & motion (motion, forces, work, energy & power, materials,
Module 4: Electrons, waves & photons (Charge & current, energy, power &
resistance, electrical circuits, waves, quantum physics
Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics
(Thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields, astrophysics)
Module 6: Particles & medical physics (Capacitors, electric fields, electromagnetism, nuclear & particle physics, medical imaging)
Practical endorsement: A minimum of 12 assessed activities during the two years.
How you will learn:
- Working through examples
- Problem solving
- Practical activities
- Research & discussion
Skills you will need:
- Logical thinking
- Enjoying problem solving
- An interest in physics!
- Good algebra skills
To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.
You do not need to have studied separate sciences at GCSE.
Paper 1: Breadth in Physics 70 marks (50%) 1hr30min
Multiple choice (20) Structured Questions (50)
Paper 2: Depth in Physics 70 marks (50%) 1hr30min
Structured questions and extended response question
Paper 1: Modelling Physics 100 marks (37%) 2h15min
Paper 2: Exploring Physics 100 marks (37%) 2h15min
P1&2 Multiple choice (15) Structured Questions (85)
Paper 3: Unified Physics 70 marks (26%) 1hr30min
Structured questions and extended response questions
Practical Endorsement: Full A level only. Teacher assessed, exam board moderated. Reported separately to A level grade – pass/fail only.
Physics is recognised as a high status qualification essential for many careers in engineering as well as physics. It is also highly valued in supporting other scientific disciplines, as well as aiding entry into careers in very many areas including finance and management amongst others.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Larkmead School directly.