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Physics AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at St Christopher School

Course description

Physics is at the heart of everything and is the basis of all the natural sciences. We live in a society that is entirely based on science, technology and engineering. This means that Physics is the future and it provides is a highly rewarding discipline to study at school, university and beyond. Physics answers the big questions, like how does everything in the universe work? From quantum particles to galaxies, from Hollywood special effects to Nuclear accelerators and the Higgs boson, from living things to nanotechnology robots, from thought processes to the eye of a storm, it’s all Physics. If you have an enquiring mind, always asking why things happen, then physics will help you find the answers.

Physics is one of the most challenging but also highly regarded subjects, it has always been at the frontier of mankind’s knowledge and continually pushes the boundaries. In this day and age you need a CV which sets you apart from the rest. Do Physics for A level and you will be at the front of the queue.

Course content

At present we intend to follow the OCR H156 and H556 Specification which is currently in draft form and will shortly be finalised by the Board.

Students will study the AS level modules 1 to 4 and then continue with the A level only modules 5 and 6 in the Upper Sixth. The internally assessed Practical Endorsement skills also form part of the full A level and are assessed throughout the written examinations but also in 12 practical activities to be done throughout the course.

AS Level Physics Course (OCR Specification H156)

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

Module 2 – Foundations of physics

Module 3 – Forces and motion

Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons

A Level Physics Course (OCR Specification H556)

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 

Entry requirements

A good grade in two Science GCSEs of ‘B’ or above and a grade ‘B’ or above in Mathematics is essential. If you want to continue with Physics at university you must take A Level Mathematics.

The main skills developed in the subject are

·         a logical and numerate mind

·         The ability to solve problems related to the physical world

·         The ability to make analogies and think creatively outside the everyday

·         Communication skills both written and verbal

·         Computing and practical measuring skills

·         Teamwork and flexibility in lab work and projects


A mixture of practical work, interactive software, videos, class teaching and discussion, note-taking, problem-solving and so on.  There are regular tests to check you are on course. There is also an expectation that students will take on more responsibility for their own learning and maintain deadlines. Physics is taught in a supportive environment where you will learn and improve from your mistakes.

Financial information

Fees will be payable for this course. Further details regarding scholarships, bursaries and exact fees are available on the website.

Future opportunities

Physics opens doors to a wide variety of careers. The opportunities available are as vast as the subject itself due, in part, to the transferable skills gained whilst studying physics. Employers see a physics qualification as an indication of someone who will immediately be an asset to an organisation.

It is the basis for most engineering courses, essential for Astronomy, Particle Physics Research, Material Science, Electronics and IT and desirable in Medicine, Industrial Research, and some Financial Services industries. Often it is the discriminating qualification that sets you apart from the crowd.

Further information

Please be aware that St Chris Sixth Form is a fee-paying independent provider.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Christopher School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2016
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