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Physics A Level at The Leventhorpe School

Course description

The study of physics at either A Level or AS level is a desirable and even necessary requirement for studying a very large range of higher education courses in the physical sciences, advanced technologies and engineering. Physics is the study of the universe, its components and its past, present and future. It explores the concepts and models that we use to describe and explain these aspects.

All students enrolling on the A level course will follow the AS course in Year 12 and upon its successful completion, cover the further concepts, skills and knowledge in Year 13.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Additional Science or Physics.


OCR AS Level Physics Examination 100% only. (No practical endorsement)

There are two examined components assessing all elements of the AS course. Topics covered include the principles of digital imaging, sound and signalling; electrical networks; properties and structures of materials; waves and quantum theory; and dynamics. Skills that will be developed include practical skills and data analysis as well as problem solving techniques.

OCR A Level Physics Examination 100% and a practical endorsement.

There are three examined components that cover all elements of the 2 year A Level course. In addition to those covered at AS Level, topics in the second year of the course include creating models; cosmology; thermodynamics; electromagnetism; electric fields; particle physics and ionising radiations.

The practical endorsement consists of a series of experimental activities designed to help students develop all aspects of their practical skills, data analysis, investigative planning and conclusion/evaluation of the entire experimental process.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years