OCR Physics (A) A-level

Sandbach College

Why study this course?

Physics is about studying nature at its most fundamental level, from the tiny subatomic world to the inconceivable distance across the Universe. This course will transform how you look at science and nature and allow you to stretch your mind as you study the fascinating concepts underpinning: cosmology, particle physics, relativity and quantum mechanics. Physics is a thought-provoking, challenging and practical subject that is ideal for an imaginative and inquisitive mind.

Physics combines well with a variety of subjects, including Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Technology, Economics and Music.

Sandbach College at Sandbach High School Entry Requirements

We ask that all students achieve grade 4 or equivalent (a Level 2 pass) in at least 4 subjects, alongside the following subject specific entry requirements:

  • Grade 6 in Science 
  • Grade 5 in Maths  (or must take Core Maths if 4) 

What will I learn on this course?

In Year 12 you will study: motion, forces in action, work energy and power, materials, Newton’s laws of motion, momentum, charge and current, energy, power and resistance, electrical circuits, waves and quantum physics.

In Year 13 you will study: thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields, astrophysics and cosmology, capacitors, electric fields, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics and medical imaging.

Studying Physics can help you develop a range of skills that can be applied in many areas that are highly valued by employers. These include problem-solving and reasoning, in addition to mathematical and practical skills.

Examinations & Coursework

The course is assessed by three written examinations which will take place in the Summer Term of Year 13. In addition students have the opportunity to be awarded a Practical Endorsement which is dependent upon the practical skills they demonstrate throughout the two year course.

Potential career paths

A qualification in Physics will allow you to pursue a wealth of courses in higher education including: Mechanical, Electrical and/ or Electronic Engineering, Medicine, Radiography, Computer Science, Forensic Science, Veterinary Science, Architecture, Accountancy, Mathematics, Geophysics and Geology.

Enrichment opportunities

We have an active senior science society who meet every week and we also allow our A-level students to volunteer in lower school Science lessons.