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Physics A Level at Thomas Mills High School

Course description

Physics A Level is one of the most universally accepted qualifications for progression to university. The course content covers the basis of how things work, from the constituent parts of atoms out to the extent of the universe.

You will integrate the concepts studied with a range of practical experiments throughout each topic giving the course both an academic and practical focus. You will learn to apply your knowledge of the key concepts to solve problems in a range of different contexts and applications.

Key features:
  • OCR Physics A is a well-established course built on many years of experience, covering the knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to STEM degrees and careers.
  • Incorporates both Astrophysics and Medical Imaging.
  • Physics is one of the top three A Levels in terms of eligibility for degree entry

Course content

A Level.
The modules can be summarised as:
• Module 1:
Development of practical skills
(Including skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation)
• Module 2:
Foundations of physics
(Including physical quantities and units, making measurements and analysing data and the nature of quantities).
• Module 3: Forces and motion (Including motion, forces in action, Work, energy, power, materials, Newton’s laws of motion and momentum)
• Module 4: Electrons, waves, and photons (Including charge and current, energy, power, resistance, electrical circuits, waves and Quantum physics).
• Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics (Including thermal physics, circular motion,
oscillations, gravitational fields and astrophysics).
• Module 6: Particles and medical physics (Including capacitors, electric fields, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics and medical imaging).


Entry requirements

You need to be interested in Physics and in the world around you. Although Mathematics is not necessary there is a significant mathematical component to course at grade 5
GCSE; it is therefore highly recommended that students consider taking A Level M athematics as both subjects complement each other well. You will need to obtain a grade 5 or above at GCSE Science and Maths.


At A Level-2 Year Course:
  • Paper 1 Modelling Physics, 2hr 15mins, assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 –37%
  • Paper 2 Exploring Physics, 2hr 15mins,assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
  • -37%
  • Paper 3 Unified Physics, 1hr 30mins, assesses content from Modules 1 to 6.
  • Practical Endorsement, no exam, reported separately as Pass/Fail

Future opportunities

Physics is valued by both employers and universities. Advanced level physics will be valuable from both a personal and practical point of view, whether you are going to do a degree in physics, engineering, medicine, sports science, or history; physics will give you a good grounding.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Mills High School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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