Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time



 OCR (Physics A) takes a content-led approach to learning Physics. Topics covered range from the smallest of subatomic particles to the vast history of the Universe, alongside relevant applications in Engineering and Medical Physics. Employing a wide range of teaching and learning styles, activities introduce content, skills and experimental techniques. Physics students will undertake regular hands-on practical work, working on 12 key practical skills. A log book will be used to demonstrate competence in these skills in order to gain the Science Practical Endorsement. The course content has been designed to provide a strong foundation of skills and knowledge for students looking to study Physics, or Physics-based subjects such as Medicine or Engineering, at University. There is also a focus on developing skills that can be transferred into many other career options. The exam board have indicated that 40% of the course will require the use of mathematical skills. 


How will it be delivered?

There are 3 written papers and no coursework. All papers may include: multiple-choice; short open; open-response; calculations and extended writing questions.

The Module Content is as follows: 

1. Development of Practical Skills 

2. Foundations of Physics

3. Forces and Motion

4. Electrons, Photons and Waves

5. Newtonian World and Astrophysics

6. Particles and Medical Physics

Paper 1 Modelling Physics (37% weighting) 

• Modules 1,2,3 and 5 

• Multiple Choice and short structured questions

Paper 2 Exploring Physics (37% weighting) 

• Modules 1,2,4 and 6 

• Multiple Choice and short structured questions

Paper 3 Unified Physics (26% weighting) 

• Topics 1-6 

• Extended written questions that may cover any element from the course.

Entry requirements

At least a Grade 8 in each of their Science GCSEs if taking Trilogy Science, or at least a Grade 8 in Physics GCSE. In addition, at least a Grade 8 in Mathematics is required. Students who choose to study A Level Physics are strongly recommended to also study A Level Mathematics.