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Physics OCR AS and A Level at Larkmead School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 onwards. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade.

Course content


Module 1: Development of practical skills in Physics

Module 2: Foundation of Physics (quantities & units, scalars & vectors,


Module 3: Forces & motion (motion, forces, work, energy & power, materials,

Newton’s laws)

Module 4: Electrons, waves & photons (Charge & current, energy, power &

resistance, electrical circuits, waves, quantum physics



Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics

(Thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields, astrophysics)

Module 6: Particles & medical physics (Capacitors, electric fields, electromagnetism, nuclear & particle physics, medical imaging)

Practical endorsement: A minimum of 12 assessed activities during the two years.


How you will learn:

  • Working through examples
  • Problem solving
  • Practical activities
  • Research & discussion


Skills you will need:

  • Self-motivation
  • Logical thinking
  • Enjoying problem solving
  • Determination
  • An interest in physics!
  • Good algebra skills


Entry requirements

To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.

You do not need to have studied separate sciences at GCSE.



Paper 1: Breadth in Physics 70 marks (50%) 1hr30min

Multiple choice (20) Structured Questions (50)

Paper 2: Depth in Physics 70 marks (50%) 1hr30min

Structured questions and extended response question


Paper 1: Modelling Physics 100 marks (37%) 2h15min

Paper 2: Exploring Physics 100 marks (37%) 2h15min

P1&2 Multiple choice (15) Structured Questions (85)

Paper 3: Unified Physics 70 marks (26%) 1hr30min

Structured questions and extended response questions

Practical Endorsement: Full A level only. Teacher assessed, exam board moderated. Reported separately to A level grade – pass/fail only.

Future opportunities

Physics is recognised as a high status qualification essential for many careers in engineering as well as physics. It is also highly valued in supporting other scientific disciplines, as well as aiding entry into careers in very many areas including finance and management amongst others.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information


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    • Larkmead School is part of the Abingdon 14-19 consortium. As we are part of a consortium, students have the opportunity to select a range of A-level subjects spread across the three Abingdon secondary schools. Each subject is taught by experienced staff with excellent results.


      In addition to academic study, Larkmead sixth form students engage in a Personal development curriculum as well as sessions based on study skills, culture and careers advice. Every student is offered individual advice and guidance about the next phase of their education whether that be university, apprenticeships or paid employment.


      During study periods, students are expected to study in either the designated sixth form area in the Learning Resource Centre or allocated study rooms. Between lessons, students can relax in the sixth-form common room which boasts a range of facilities.


      There is a well-structured enrolment and induction process for students wishing to join the sixth form, starting with a Consortium 16-19 Information Evening as well as a meeting for prospective students in November, followed by a meeting for prospective parents in March, and an induction day in the summer after the GCSE exams are finished. Once students have received their exam results in August, there are a number of enrolment clinic sessions to help students choose their courses and followed by a brief induction period before lessons commence.