Exam Board – OCR

Qualification – A Level H556

Entry requirements – GCSE grade 6 in combined science or physics, grade 5 in English and grade 6 in maths

Course specification

Practical investigations, group discussions and mathematical work led by an enthusiastic team of staff will teach you analytical and problem solving skills through exciting and challenging learning experiences.

“I like that physics has always been highly regarded by universities.”

– Student

The physics course is divided into 6 modules:

  • module 1: development of practical skills in physics
  • module 2: foundations of physics – the building blocks of physics looking at quantities and measurements
  • module 3: forces and motion exploring the movement of objects and the behaviour of materials
  • module 4: electrons, waves and photons – looking at electricity and the movement of energy as waves; an introduction to the fascinating quantum world
  • module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics, orbits and circular motion are investigated. Momentum and Newton’s laws are tested for different objects. Gravitational fields, SHM and thermal physics are also considered. The structure of the universe, astronomical distances, modern cosmology, the evolution and future of the universe are explored
  • module 6: particles and medical physics – further investigation of electricity and investigation of x-rays, ultrasound, MRI and PET scanning

What doors will this open up for me?

Physics results are used to differentiate between high calibre students by top universities, medical and veterinary colleges. It is an ideal subject for the Armed Forces, engineering, chemists, mathematics, airline pilots and accountants. The knowledge that physics is a high calibre A Level also makes students desirable to all areas of industry and commerce.

Tuxford Academy