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Physics (Linear) OCR A Level at Cotham School

Course description

How did the Universe begin? What happens in the quantum world? What does E=mc2 tell us about matter and energy? What are the most fundamental particles?

Physics is about the big ideas and for those who are intrigued by them. Physics is also the science behind much of our modern world. What are the forces acting on an aircraft? How does a wind farm work? What are the risks of nuclear power?

Physicists are excellent problem solvers, using mathematical acumen and logical deduction to draw conclusions and apply theories to real-life issues. This makes physics a very valued subject in all walks of life. 

Course content

What will you learn?

You will study the following modules in A Level Physics:

Module 1 - Development of practical skills in physics

Module 2 - Foundations of physics

Module 3 - Forces and motion

Module 4 - Electrons, waves and photons

Module 5 - Newtonian world and astrophysics

Module 6 - Particles and medical physics

What learning and teaching methods will be used?

A diverse range of teaching approaches will be used to develop the theoretical and practical aspects of this course. Every lesson will challenge you to think in new ways and explore new ideas. In any lesson you may be giving a presentation, participating in a discussion, solving problems, using Excel for mathematical modelling or carrying out an experiment. Practical skills are an important part of this course and a love of mathematics is a huge advantage when using formulae to make predictions and to solve problems.

Entry requirements

Centre entry requirements + 2 x grade 6 in either combined or separate sciences (not applied science), including biology, and a grade 6 in maths.


100% examination plus a ‘Practical Endorsement’ qualification internally assessed as pass/ fail.

Future opportunities

A level physics is an impressive qualification, which can aid entry into many careers or university courses, e.g. engineering, medical courses, scientific research and computing.

A level physics students also use their highly developed skills in quantitative reasoning, analysis and synthesis to succeed in business, finance and law. Physics may also be desirable for technical roles in some creative industries.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2017

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