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A Level Physics at St Bartholomew's School

Course description

This is a new two-year linear A Level course. There will be an option for students to complete an AS qualification at the end of Year 12. The AS exam is not, however, part of the full A Level course.

Course content

The new A Level Physics course content will cover six main modules including forces and motion, electrons, waves and photons, particles and medical physics and astrophysics. Throughout, the course links the principles of Physics with their applications in the wider context of industry and technology. Students are encouraged to develop their investigative skills, and apply their knowledge to original problems.

The specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of physics. As learners progress through the course they will build on their knowledge of the laws of Physics, applying their understanding to solve problems on topics ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire universe. For A Level only, the Practical Endorsement will also support the development of practical skills.

The course aims to encourage students to:

- develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other,
- develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods,
- develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills,
- develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject,
- understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society (as exemplified in ‘How Science Works’).


3 x Written examination papers

Students will be taught the underlying principles by the experienced, specialist Physics staff. The course is supported by textbooks, and additional Internet support on the OCR website including transition booklets. Students will carry out extensive research and practical investigations, guided by the Physics department staff and further supported by OCR.

Financial information

A wide range of text resources will be provided by the school, including the course text. Practical investigations will be resourced and financed by the Physics department.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

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