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Course outline

A Level physics will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of physics. You will learn about key concepts of physics. As you progress through the course, you’ll build on your knowledge of the laws of physics, applying your understanding to areas from subatomic particles to the entire universe.

Course content

The course is split into six teaching modules:

  • Development of practical skills in physics
  • Foundations of physics
  • Forces and motion
  • Electrons, waves and photons
  • Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Particles and medical physics

Emphasis throughout the course is on increasing knowledge, developing competence and confidence in practical skills and developing problem solving.

If students are entered for AS Physics they will sit two papers, each of which provides 50% towards the qualification. A Level (A2) Physics is examined through three written papers. Papers 1 and 2 each contribute 37% and Paper 3 provides 26% of the overall qualification.

Physics naturally goes hand in hand with maths but will also complement other subjects including  chemistry, biology, engineering, geography and IT.

Entry requirements

GCSE combined science or physics, grade 6

Career / higher education opportunities

You could follow a degree course in physics, maths or engineering (including aeronautical, civil, electrical or mechanical), biochemistry, biology, chemistry, medicine, dentistry, architecture, computer science, geography, earth and environmental sciences, or surveying. Physics is especially helpful for jobs that involve building things including engineering, astronomy, robotics, energy, communication, space exploration and nanotechnology.

Course specification

OCR Physics A