A Level

Exam Board: OCR A

2 years


Course Content:

The first year of the course covers four main areas of Physics:

  • Practical Skills in physics (laboratory-assessed)
  • Foundations of Physics (quantities and units, measurement and analysis)
  • Forces and Motion (motion, projectiles, forces, work, energy, power, momentum and collisions)
  • Electrons, Waves and Photons (charge, current, energy, power, resistance, circuits, wave behaviour, interference and stationary waves, photons, electrons and quantum physics)

As well as continuing to develop Practical Skills via centre assessed components, two more modules are covered in the second year:

  • The Newtonian World and Astrophysics (thermal physics, ideal gases, oscillations, circular motion, gravitation, planetary motion, stars, stellar distance and cosmology)
  • Particle and Medical Physics (capacitors and electric fields, magnetic fields, electromagnetism, behaviour of charged particles in fields, nuclear atom, radioactivity, fission and fusion, fundamental particles, medical imaging and diagnosis using X-rays , PET scans, ultrasound and more!)


100% exam assessment.

Three exam papers; Paper 1 (Physics in breadth), Paper 2 (Physics in depth) and Paper 3 (Unified Physics), with a separate standalone centre assessed practical endorsement.

Studying at Alton College:

Lesson activities are wide ranging, from re-evaluating the very fundamentals of Physics and everything you thought you knew about the world around you, to developing scientific methodology to test theories and derive relationships between many factors. The course is supported by a range of IT-based resources and makes extensive use of computers within our laboratories.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

To study Physics you will also need grade 6 in Maths and a grade 6 in Physics or 6/6 in double science.

Course costs:

£10 Subscription to Kerboodle (online course textbook and learning resources), payable at the start of the course.

Physics works well with:

Computer Science
Design Technology
Further Maths
Music Technology