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Callum Farnsworth : Head of Physics


A Level Physics

OCR H556

Entry Requirements

6 in Physics or 6,7 in Combined Science, 6 in Maths

Why study Physics?

Do you enjoy independent problem solving and working things out for yourself? Do you enjoy practical science and want to learn how to use advanced scientific equipment like oscilloscopes, lasers and radioactive materials? Do you enjoy thinking about the big questions of life, time and the universe? Then Physics is for you! Physics is all about the fundamental laws which govern how the world works. Through careful experimentation, research and analysis you will come to understand these laws, and in doing so enhance your appreciation of the world around you.

Where can it lead?

Physics A-Level is an excellent preparation for a broad range of higher education study. Many students follow this course with a physics related degree. The course also has clear links with a range of other subjects which are popular degree courses such as mathematics, medicine, computing, engineering (electronics, mechanical) and architecture. Other students find the skills and knowledge gained from the A-level physics course useful when pursuing degree courses or careers in other areas including business, finance and management. 

Course Content

The physics course covers the full breadth of modern physics. The course begins with subjects students will be familiar with from GCSE such as Forces, Electricity and Waves. This gives students a good grounding in the fundamentals before moving on to exciting areas at the forefront of modern physics such as Quantum Physics, Cosmology and Medical Physics. The modules are as follows:

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