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Science: AS and A Level Physics (OCR) at The Howard School

Course description

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

Applications made to The Howard School can be made by both male and female students.

Course content

An OCR textbook following the course will be available to take home. It is expected that between 2 and 4 hours a week will be set aside for independent study, and this should be used to reinforce concepts, and reading ahead to help improve understanding of future elements of the course. All deadlines need to be adhered to, and all work and homework is expected to be completed to the best of your ability.

It is also advisable that students revisit GCSE physics work over the summer before they start year 12, and complete the relevant bridging tasks given to students over this time.

The OCR website is a useful reference to access the specification, worthwhile links and updates relevant to the content of the course.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English and Grade 6 in Maths GCSE. Minimum of a Grade B in GCSE Physics Separate Science or Grade BB in Core and Additional Science.


Component 01 – modelling physics: assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 & 5. It lasts 135 minutes and forms 37 % of total A level

Component 02 – exploring physics: assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 & 6. It lasts 135 minutes and forms 37% of total A level

Component 03 – unified physics: assesses content from all modules. It lasts 90 minutes and forms 26% of total A level

Component 04 – practical endorsement in physics (non-exam assessment reported separately)

Future opportunities

A or AS Physics is very useful in combination with any other science subject and is vital for anyone thinking of pursuing a career in engineering or medicine. It is a qualification highly regarded by employers and Further and Higher Education.

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: 06 December 2016

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