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Physics is not only a collection of concepts from subatomic particles to the Universe, it is a set of different ways of thinking that have led to countless descriptions and explanations for the way the Universe works. In this course you will develop your skills in critical thinking, reasoning, logic and mathematics.

A level physics will build on your understanding of mechanics, electricity, waves and materials studied at GCSE. These ideas will be applied to real life situations such as rock climbing, development of new materials, archaeology and why diamonds sparkle. Building on these foundations the course studies gravitational, electric, magnetic fields leading to applications of these ideas to areas such as particle physics, medical physics and astrophysics.

There is a substantial focus on mathematical skills in the A Level, with 40% of the assessment covering mathematical skills. At least 15% of the exam will be assessing practical skills.

The course is structured into six themes. These are Practical Skills, Foundations in Physics, Forces and motion, Electrons, waves and photons, Newtonian world and astrophysics, and Particles and medical physics.

Exam board:


Essential Entry Requirements:

Two grade 6s in combined science, or a grade 6 or above in GCSE Physics and Grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths

Preferred Entry Requirements:

Grade 7 in GCSE Physics. It is advisable to study A Level Maths alongside Physics.

Pre-Course Material: 

This can be found here.



Paper 1: Modelling physics (H566/01) 2 hrs 15, 37% -This covers content from themes 1, 2, 3 and 5
Paper 2: Exploring Physics (H566/02) 2 hrs15 - 37% -This covers content from themes 1, 2, 4 and 6
Paper 3: Unified physics (H566/03) 1 hr 30 - 26% - This covers content from all themes.

Practical Endorsement (H566/04). Students complete a minimum of 12 key practicals over the two year course and are awarded a pass/fail grade alongside their A level result.

Additional Costs

OCR Physics A Student Book - Provided free (replacement cost £40.00).

Revision guide £10.

Subscription to Physics Review at a cost of £15 per annum.