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A Level Physics at Ilfracombe Academy

Course description

The OCR A level in Physics is divided into distinctly separate units that cover the key principles of Physics. During students’ first year the syllabus ensures the study of both breadth and depth in Physics, these concepts are consolidated and built upon within the second year.

Course content

Year 12

  •  Module 1: Development of practical skills
  •  Module 2: Foundations of Physics
  •  Module 3: Forces and motion
  •  Module 4: Electrons, waves, and photons

Year 13

  • Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Module 6: Particles and medical physics

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study A level Physics at The Ilfracombe Academy will need to meet the following entry requirements:

  •  Grade C or better in GCSE Triple Science Physics (with a minimum of a grade C within the P3 GCSE examination).


  •  Grade B or better in both GCSE Core Science and Additional Science (with a minimum of a grade B within the P1 and P2 examinations).
  •  Minimum of a grade C in GCSE Maths.
  •  Students of A level Physics will need to study post-16 Math’s as one of their other A level options (A level Math’s only).


Practical skills in Physics will be assessed across the 2 year A level course. Student competency will be evaluated within practical lessons by their classroom teacher and will be reported alongside their A level as a ‘practical endorsement’ (reported as a pass/fail grade).

Future opportunities

An A level in Physics is a prerequisite for applications to University in the following areas; Engineering, Physics, Astrophysics and Robotics (to name a few). An A level in Physics is desirable in supporting an application to numerous other University courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ilfracombe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2015

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