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Physics A Level at Cedars Upper School

Course description

Advancing Physics is an innovative AS GCE and Advanced GCE course, reflecting Physics as it is practised, and used today, in research and industry.
The Year 12 course provides a satisfying experience for the candidate who chooses to take GCE Physics as part of a broad post-16 curriculum. At the end of the course candidates should know more of what Physics is about and its place in the World.
The A level course leads to an advanced GCE qualification which enables candidates to go on to degree level studies at University; at the same time, it provides an interesting and stimulating experience for the candidate who does not pursue the subject further.

Course content

Students will learn about fundamental physical concepts and how to apply these in everyday and technological settings.

Entry requirements

Triple GCSE Science -- Grade 6 or above in Physics;
Double Science GCSE – Grade 6 or above in Science and Additional Science.
In addition, Grade 6 or above is needed in Maths GCSE


OCR Physics B (Advancing Physics) is split into six modules: The modules combined with the practical endorsement, constitute the full A level. The modules can be summarised as:
Module 1: Development of practical skills.
Module 2: Fundamental data analysis.
Module 3: Physics in action.
Module 4: Understanding processes.
Module 5: Rise and fall of the clockwork universe.
Module 6: Field and particle physics.
At A Level:
Papers 1, 2 and 3 can assess content from Modules 1 to 6.
Paper 1 covers breadth of understanding of concepts assessed by mainly
shorter structured questions.
Paper 2 covers deeper understanding of concepts assessed by a mixture of
short structured questions, extended response items and more open problem-
solving style questions. Carrying on the theme of current Physics B (Advancing
Physics), this paper includes a pre-release item aimed at testing skills of
scientific literacy developed during the course.
Paper 3 has an emphasis on practical skills

Financial information

Occasional lecture trips: £20.00
Textbook/Revision Guide £50.00

Future opportunities

The specification is an excellent foundation for further study or careers in: Physics; Engineering; Materials Sciences; Architecture; Medicine and Veterinary Science.

Further information

Students taking Physics A level should also be taking A level Mathematics. Physics and Mathematics go together naturally and inevitably. Three main kinds of mathematical activity crucial to Physics are identified: ‘getting out numbers’, analysis and presentation of data, and making models. The course treats Mathematics as an integral part of doing Physics; as an integral part of the pleasure of Physics. The course is very positive about Mathematics, stressing and demonstrating its value in Physics. To this end, the teaching of some Mathematics is incorporated within the context of the Physics for which it is required. In this way, essential mathematical content is learnt and used in interesting contexts. 40% of the Physics examination papers test higher level Mathematics skills.

Any student taking the Double Science GCSE option is strongly advised to talk to the Head of Physics as transfer to A level Physics from this course of study has some serious implications as to the success at A level and which need to be discussed fully prior to opting for this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cedars Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years