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Physics A Level at Hinchingbrooke School Academy

Course description

Why Study Physics?

Are you interested in the physics topics in your science studies at GCSE?  Are you good at Maths?  Do you enjoy problem solving? Would you like to know more about fundamental ideas such as quantum mechanics, cosmology and nuclear physics?  If the answer to these questions is yes, then A Level Physics might be for you.

Course content

What Does The Course Involve?

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Physics: skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

Module 2 – Foundations of Physics: physical quantities and units; scalars and vectors; measurements

Module 3 – Forces and motion: motion; forces in action; work, energy and power; materials; Newton’s laws of motion and momentum

Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons: charge and current; energy, power and resistance; electrical circuits; waves; quantum physics

Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics: thermal Physics; circular motion; oscillations; gravitational fields; astrophysics

Module 6 – Particles and medical Physics: capacitors; electric fields; electromagnetism; nuclear and particle physics; medical imaging.

Entry requirements

What are The Entry Requirements?

The minimum requirement is an average point score of 5.5, 6 in Maths, 5 in English and:

  • For Triple Science Students, 7 in Physics, 6s in Biology, Chemistry. 
  • For Double Science Students, 7 in Additional Science, 6 in Core Science.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Exam Board OCR. There are three papers plus a practical endorsement.

Future opportunities

Leading To A Career In?

A Physics qualification is essential for many future careers in science and engineering. It is also classed as a “facilitating” A level by Russell Group Universities as there are many university courses that require A Level Physics. Physics can also help you make progress in other fields that value the demanding skills developed through Physics. Many architects, accountants, bankers and lawyers have benefited from studying Physics at A level. Physics is even relevant if you are planning to study music, as it helps you to understand how sound is produced and transmitted.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please contact the Head of Department Mr S Moore ( or 01480 375700 ext 5773) for further information.

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: 18 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Ph