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AS/A2 Level 3: Physics at Wigston College

Course description


OCR Physics ‘A’ students follow the course which provides an excellent structure for learning about fundamental physical concepts and about physics in everyday and technological settings. 

This course allows students to investigate the usefulness of Physics and illustrates the impact that discoveries in Physics have had on the way people live.

A primary aim of the course is to enable students to approach and investigate a question practically, practising  the skills required for employment in industry.  An analytical approach to problem solving is encouraged with regular opportunities to set the theory in practical setting. 



Course content

The AS Level is divided into four modules. Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics Practical skills are embedded throughout all the content of this specification. Learners will be required to develop a range of practical skills throughout their course in preparation for the written examinations. •Module 2 – Foundations of physics The aim of this module is to introduce important conventions and ideas that permeate the fabric of physics. Understanding of physical quantities, S.I. units, scalars and vectors helps physicists to effectively communicate their ideas within the scientific community •Module 3 – Forces and motion In this module, learners will learn how to model the motion of objects using mathematics, understand the effect forces have on objects, learn about the important connection between force and energy, appreciate how forces cause deformation and understand the importance of Newton’s laws of motion. Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons The aim of this module is to ultimately introduce key ideas of quantum physics. Electromagnetic waves (e.g. light) have a dual nature. They exhibit both wave and particle-like behaviour. The wave–particle dual nature is also found to be characteristic of all particles (e.g. electrons). Two further modules will be completed to gain the full A Level qualification. These are: •Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics The aim of this module is to show the impact Newtonian mechanics has on physics. The microscopic motion of atoms can be modelled using Newton’s laws and hence provide us with an understanding of macroscopic quantities such as pressure and temperature. Newton’s law of gravitation can be used to predict the motion of planets and distant galaxies. In the final section we explore the intricacies of stars and the expansion of the Universe by analysing the electromagnetic radiation from space. •Module 6 – Particles and medical physics This section introduces the basic properties of capacitors and how they are used in electrical circuits. The use of capacitors as a source of electrical energy is then developed. This section introduces the mathematics of exponential decay, which is also required for the decay of radioactive nuclei in 6.4.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study OCR Physics ‘A’ at AS level will be required to achieve at least a BB in Science Core and Additional GCSE or at least a B in Physics GCSE.



A minimum of 6 GCSE s grade A*-C


At AS Level: AS Papers 1 and 2 can assess any content from Modules 1 to 4. Paper 1= Breadth in Physics Paper 2= Depth in Physics At A Level: A Level Paper 1 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5. A Level Paper 2 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6. A Level Paper 3 assesses the content from Modules 1 to 6. All Exams are taken in May or June The Practical Endorsement: For the full A level certification, 12 Practical activities will be completed over the two years. The written exam may include questions related to any of these practical's.

Financial information

Leicestershire Post 16 Bursary

 Students are able to apply to us for support to overcome any barriers to learning.

Future opportunities


Physics applications, like the career opportunities, are extremely varied. Employers today actively seek out people who can prove their ability to think logically, understand complex   ideas and apply them to the real world. If you want a career in science, the media, education, business or a host of other fields, physics can help give you the edge. Some physicists tackle the application of physical ideas to  industrial and engineering problems. Physics graduates also find employment in medicine, computing and finance.



Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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Key information

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