The course builds on knowledge, understanding and skills required in the programme of study required for GCSE science. The specification requires students to develop their abilities in Physics in order to apply them to situations in the real world – from how sunglasses work to why we use broadband or even to quantum physics in cookery!
The OCR A Specification is divided into six modules as follows:
Much of the course is taught but students will also carry out practical work, exam questions and presentations.
The practical skills are carried out and assessed in school. This consists of:
|Electrons, Waves and Photons||25%|
|Field, Particles and Frontiers in Physics||25%|
A minimum of grade Bs in Science GCSEs, a grade B in GCSE Physics and a grade B in GCSE Mathematics. It is useful to take Mathematics at AS or A2 Level but not essential. Please not that GCSE Applied Science is not suitable for entry to Science A level.
Physics is valuable for a wide range of careers including Communications, Medicine, Medical Physics, Sound Technology, Aerospace, Astronomy, Engineering, Meteorology, Scientific Journalism, Scientific Research, Financial Modelling, Materials and Food Science. If you do not eventually enter a physics based career, you may be sure that your qualification in A/AS Level Physics will still be highly regarded.