A Level Course Outline
What is Physics?
As you probably know from GCSE, Physics is the science of the physical world. There are few completely new topics at A-level that you won't have come across. Many Higher Level calculation topics are simply repeated, e.g. acceleration and kinetic/potential energy, voltage-current-resistance, while others e.g. heat energy electromagnetism and astronomy have calculation introduced at A-level, while only descriptive at GCSE. Maths is involved in A-level Physics but you do not need to do A-level Maths. You just need to be good at most higher-tier GCSE maths, formulae (using and re-arranging them), graphs e.g. y=mx+c, Pythagoras, sin cos and tan percentages and standard form.
In the second year of the course, full A-level, in module 5 you will study further mechanics such as circular motion and oscillations, heat energy, the kinetic molecule theory of gases, then astronomy-planet orbits, stars and the Big Bang theory of the Universe. Module 6 is electromagnetism, (motors generators and transformers), radioactivity particle physics and medical physics.
There is no “coursework” or practical examinations to worry about. Instead you will do experiments on most topics throughout the course and will answer exam questions about the experiments you did. In the second year of A-level there is the “Practical Endorsement” which you will pass based on your practical work during the course. This is the teacher saying we have seen you set up and use the equipment for the practicals done over the course.
Students will face questions based on:
What Skills Will Students Develop by Studying Physics?
|PHYSICS (OCR) Syllabus A H156 Specification|
Modelling physics (mechanics and astrophysics)
Exploring physics (electricity , waves particle physics radioactivity medical)
Module 1 Development of practical skills in physics-i.e. experiments and data analysis.
Component 3 Unified Physics
Practical Endorsement (pass or fail, reported separately)
Module 4 Electrons Waves and Photons Waves (refraction polarisation diffraction and standing waves), electricity (current voltage resistance) Wave particle nature of light, (quantum physics).
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