A Level Physics

Key Information

Start Date: Sept 2024

Exam Board: OCR

Graded: A* – E

Max UCAS Tariff Points: 56

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What will I be studying?

In A-Level Physics, you build on your knowledge of the laws of physics, applying your understanding to solve problems on topics ranging from subatomic particles to the entire universe. You also have the opportunity to develop all the relevant practical skills. There are 6 taught modules: Practical skills in Physics, Fundamentals of Physics, Forces and motion, Electrons, waves and photons, Newtonian world and Astrophysics, Particles and medical Physics.

What skills will I develop?

Studying Physics at A level allows you to develop the following transferable skills: Problem solving, fluency in mathematics, organisation, independent study, oracy and scientific literacy, verbal presentation skills, time management, teamwork and resilience. Physics is a challenging subject, but that is what makes it fun and rewarding.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed? There are three terminal exams at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are both 2h 15 mins each (both 100 marks) and are worth 37% of the total A Level each. Paper 3 is 1h 30 mins and is worth 26% of the total A Level. Practical skills are continuously assessed in school. All skills need to be met, and reported to the exam board separately. Practical skills can also be assessed in either of the three exams.

Where might this lead me?

Employers (and University/HE admissions tutors) look favourably on students with A levels in the Science subjects – because they have demonstrated in abundance the skills mentioned above. An A level in Physics is vital for University study of Physics and Engineering and there are a massive range of careers that Physics would help you get into. For example: Finance and banking, physics research, engineering, nuclear power, renewable energy, computer engineering, science journalism, patent law and medical physics.