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Physics

Examination Board specification: OCR A

How the course is assessed

100 % externally

Description of course

Our Physics A specification is designed to inspire your learners. The course will develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with Physics. A level physics A specification takes on a content-led approach to the course. It is flexible approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of physics. As learners progress through the course, they will build on their knowledge of the laws of physics, applying their understanding to areas from sub-atomic particles to entire universe.

AS Physics H156 content over view :

Content Overview Assessment Overview

Content is split into four teaching modules:

  • Module 1 - Development of practical skills in physics
  • Module 2 - Foundations of physics
  • Module 3 - Forces in motion
  • Module 4 - Electrons, waves and photons

Both components assess content from all four modules.

Breadth in physics (01)

70 marks

1 hour 30 minutes written paper

50%

of total AS level

Depth in physics (02)

70 marks

1 hour 30 minutes written paper

50%

of total AS level

 

A level Physics H156 content overview:

Content Overview Assessment Overview

Content is split into six teaching modules:

Module 1 - Development of practical skills in physics

Module 2 - Foundations of physics

Module 3 - Forces and motion

Module 4 - Electrons, waves and photons

Module 5 - Newtonian world and astrophysics

Module 6 - Particles and medical physics

Component 01 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5

Component 02 assesses content from modules 1,2, 4 and 6.

Component 03 asesses content from all modules (1 to 6)

Modelling physics (01)

100 marks

2 hours 15 minutes written paper

37%

of total A level

Exploring physics (02)
100 marks

2 hours 15 minutes written paper

37%

of total A level

Unified physics (03)
70 marks

1 hour 30 minutes written paper

26%

of total A level

Practical Endorsement in physics (04)

(non exam assessment)

Reported separately

(see Section 5g)

 

Assessment:

At the end of first year, pupils can sit for an AS examination on units as detailed above and obtain a certificate.

But this will not be counted for A Level accreditation at the end of the two years. Students must sit for all the units as specified above for A Level physics, to obtain an A Level grade.

Practical assessment is done on two basis. The first part is from the required practicals prescribed by OCR. The second part is based on written paper incorporated in an examination module.

Higher education, future careers and progression routes

Higher education in physics, engineering, medicine, and any math and physics based route.

2015 Examination success rates:

100 % Pass rate
57% A*-C grades

Entry Criteria:

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 4 or higher in English Language, grade 6 or higher in Maths (point score of 44.5 or higher).

To study A Level Physics, students are also required to have a GCSE grade B/BB double award in Physics/Science and study Maths A Level.

Additional information:

Students will need to attend the step up program in physics before starting AS physics.

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