Physics

Physics is a fascinating and engaging subject with very close links to Mathematics. The study of Physics starts from the smallest length scales, including particles of matter (e.g. particle physics and quantum mechanics), reaching out to the largest scales encompassing the entire physical universe (i.e. cosmology). Our students develop excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as an appreciation of how the physical universe works.

Specification

Although we offer all exam boards as our courses are individually designed, our chosen specification is OCR Physics A (H156 and H566).



Course Outline

Module 1

Development of practical skills in physics
  • Practical skills assessed in a written examination
  • Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2

Foundations of physics
  • Physical quantities and units
  • Making measurements and analysing data
  • Nature of quantities

Module 3

Forces and motion
  • Motion
  • Forces in action
  • Work, energy and power
  • Materials
  • Newton’s laws of motion and momentum

Module 4

Electrons, waves and photons
  • Charge and current
  • Energy, power and resistance
  • Electrical circuits
  • Waves
  • Quantum physics

Module 5

Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Thermal physics
  • Circular motion
  • Oscillations
  • Gravitational fields
  • Astrophysics and cosmology

Module 6

Particles and medical physics
  • Capacitors
  • Electric fields
  • Electromagnetism
  • Nuclear and particle physics
  • Medical imaging

Assessment

AS level

Component 01: Breadth in physics
  • Assessment of content from modules 1-4
  • 70 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 50% of total AS level
Component 02: Depth in physics
  • Assessment of content from modules 1-4
  • 70 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 50 % of total AS level

A level

Component 01: Modelling physics
  • Assessment of content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
  • 100 marks
  • 2 hour 15 minutes written paper
  • 37% of total A level
Component 02: Exploring physics
  • Assessment of content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
  • 100 marks
  • 2 hour 15 minutes written paper
  • 37% of total A level
Component 03: Unified physics
  • Assessment of content from all modules
  • 70 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 26% of total A level

Practical Endorsement in physics
  • Non-exam assessment
  • At least 12 practical activities to be completed
  • Reported separately as a pass or a fail

Reading List

  • OCR AS/A Level Physics 2015: Student books 1 & 2 (OCR GCE Science 2015)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447990826, 978-1447990833

Tutors

  • Anthony Korte MA MSc PhD (Lead Tutor)
  • Tom Hyatt MA