Physics

Physics aims to describe and explain the universe. Topics covered draw on everything from the ideas of Newton and Einstein to contemporary theories of particles and astrophysics. You will study the content using a variety of methods including experimental work, problem-solving, and use of computers. Most of all, the aim is to make Physics fun. Anyone with strong maths skills and an interest in how and why things work will enjoy this subject.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop the ability to perform experiments safely and to present and analyse data in order to confirm theories and ideas.

You will develop the use of mathematical models to represent ideas in Physics.

You will develop the ability to use and apply scientific vocabulary.

You will develop the ability to work independently or in a group.

You will develop measurement and computer skills.

What topics will I study?

Component 1 – Examination: Modelling Physics (2 hours, 15 minutes - 37%)

  • Section A: Development of practical skills in physics
  • Section B: Foundations of physics
  • Section C: Forces and motion
  • Section D: Newtonian world and astrophysics

Component 2 – Examination: Exploring Physics (2 hours, 15 minutes - 37%)

  • Section A: Development of practical skills in physics
  • Section B: Foundations of physics
  • Section C: Electrons, waves and photons
  • Section D: Particles and medical physics

Component 3 – Examination: Unified Physics (1 hour, 30 minutes - 26%)

  • Section A: A mixture of structured and essay questions on all covered topics including theory and practical skills

Where does the course lead?

The course will train you in an analytical way of thinking that is valued by employers and transferable to many other areas, including financial and management training. Physics is necessary for university courses such as Engineering, Geophysics, Electronics, Biophysics, Astrophysics, Astronomy and Particle Physics.

Exam Board

OCR

Head of Department

Rob Harris

Entry Requirements

Five A*- C grades (or equivalent 4+) including at least grade 6+ in Mathematics and grade B+ in either Physics or Double Science.

Assessment Breakdown

Examination = 100%