A-Level Physics (OCR Physics A H556)

What does this course involve?

Physics is the study of how the Universe works; from the unfathomably small e.g. the interaction between two electrons, to the unfathomably large e.g. the interaction between two galaxies, and everything in between.

It includes the study of challenging, abstract concepts such as quantum theory and particle physics. It also covers ‘‘everyday’’ phenomena such as materials, motion, waves and electricity.

A greatly valued A Level due to the high level of demand and academic rigour. Transferable to many, many other areas. Looked at extremely favourably by universities and employers. Tests a wide range of skills and abilities to solve problems dealing with the physical world. Further study of mechanics, engineering, electronics and optics tends to require students to have A-Levels in Physics and Maths. Physics demonstrates an ability to think logically as well as a high degree of resilience due to the difficult nature of the course.

How is this course assessed?

Assessment is 100% exam based. There are three exams in total at A-Level, with some multiple choice questions.

The exams also cover practical knowledge and students can be awarded a ‘Practical Endorsement’ as evidence that the can confidently and competently carry out investigations and experiments.

Six modules in the specification:
1) Practical skills.
2) Foundation of Physics.
3) Forces and Motion.
4) Electrons, waves and photons.
5) Newtonian World and Astrophysics.
6) Particle and Medical Physics.


The department runs weekly clinics after school. The department organises a trip to the Cambridge University Physics Department (Cavendish Lab) and a Cambridge College. There is also a CERN trip to Geneva.

Additional Entry Requirements

A Grade 7 in Separate GCSE Physics or a minimum of a Grade 6-6 in GCSE Trilogy/Combined Science with a Grade 7 average on your GCSE Physics papers. Maths should also be a minimum a GCSE Grade 6.