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Physics - OCR A Level at Countesthorpe Leysland Community College

Course description

Head of Department: Mrs. K. Fox   Department Information

The Physics Department at Countesthorpe Leysland is very well resourced both practically and electronically. We issue all students with their own course text that supports the teaching of the course. ​


Why study this course?

Studying Physics will:

• provide a stimulating and challenging course

• develop key employability skills such as problem-solving, logical reasoning, communication and resilience;

• support the study of other A level subjects

• provide excellent preparation for a wide range of university courses

• lead to a versatile qualification that is well-respected by employers and higher education


Aims of the course

To prepare students for a world where the application of physics is everywhere. We prepare students for undergraduate degrees covering a range of physics specialisms.

Course content

Course outline

This course is an excellent preparation for any student planning to take a physics-rich degree. Students taking A level Physics will benefit enormously from taking Mathematics in their A level choices as well.


The Advanced Physics course emphasises the understanding of physics and its applicability to a wide variety of situations in industry and everyday life. It also expects students to develop skills, attitudes and competencies that should be useful outside physics, especially those of individual investigation, the gaining of knowledge from a wide variety of sources, problem solving and communication skills. The thinking skills developed have wide-ranging applications in many careers. Students will be able to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in an atmosphere of enjoyable enquiry.


Physics - Year 1

The first year in OCR Physics A specification content is divided into four teaching modules.


Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

1. Practical skills assessed in a written examination



Module 2 – Foundations of Physics

2.1 Physical quantities and units

2.2 Making measurements and analysing data

2.3 Nature of quantities


Module 3 – Forces and motion

3.1 Motion

3.2 Forces in action

3.3 Work, energy and power

3.4 Materials

3.5 Newton's laws of motion and momentum


Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons

4.1 Charge and current

4.2 Energy, power and resistance

4.3 Electrical circuits

4.4 Waves

4.5 Quantum physics


The further 2 modules are studied at higher level in year 13

Physics - Year 2

Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics

5.1 Thermal physics

5.2 Circular motion

5.3 Oscillations

5.4 Gravitational fields

5.5 Astrophysics and cosmology

Module 6 – particles and medical physics

6.1 Capacitors

6.2 Electric fields

6.3 Electromagnetism

6.4 Nuclear and particle physics

6.5 Medical imaging

Entry requirements

At least a grade 6 or above in Triple/Physics at GCSE or a grade 6 in Combined Science at GCSE.  A minimum grade 6 in Mathematics at GCSE is also required.  It is not recommended to take Physics at A Level without the Sixth Form study of A Level Mathematics


How am I assessed?

Progress is monitored by regular tests and assessed home works. There are also mock exams for each module.


There are 3 exams at the end of the course:


• Modelling physics - 100 marks 2hr 15min written exam assessing content of modules 1, 2, 3, 5 37% of full A-level

• Exploring physics - 100 marks 2hr 15min written exam assessing content of modules 1, 2, 4, 6 37% of full A-level

• Unified physics - 70 marks 1hr 30min written exam assessing content of modules 1-6 26% of full A-level

Future opportunities

Where does this course lead?

​The course is fully accepted by further education establishments leading to degree courses in Physics, Mathematics, Engineering and related subjects.




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: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year