Physics (OCR)

A philosopher once said, `It is necessary for the very existence of science that the same conditions always produce the same results.’ Well, they don’t!’’ (1965) Richard P. Feynman

Physics really is the most exciting and interesting of all the sciences. If you want to know the answer to questions starting “How?” Or “Why?”, Physics can probably help you find the answers. An enquiring mind and an interest in the world around you are key attributes for prospective Physicists. At Sexey’s School we encourage students to broaden their minds and stretch their thinking to the limits. Whilst we, of course, are working hard towards good exam grades, we encourage students to read widely and enjoy the subject.

A Level

Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Physics

Module 2: Fundamental Data Analysis

Module 3: Physics in Action

Module 4: Understanding Processes

Module 5: Rise and Fall of the Clockwork Universe

– Creating Models – Out Into Space

– Our Place in the Universe – Matter: Very Simple, & Hot or Cold

Module 6: Field and Particle Physics

– Electromagnetism – Charge and Field

– Probing Deep into Matter  – Ionising Radiation and Risk


Paper 1: Written exam: Fundamentals of Physics, 2 hours 15 mins, 37% of A Level, covering modules 1, 2, 3 & 5

Paper 2: Written exam: Scientific Literacy in Physics, 2 hours 15 mins, 37% of A Level, covering modules 1, 2, 4 & 6

Paper 3: Written exam: Practical Skills in Physics, 1 hour 30 mins, 26% of A Level, covering all modules

Practical endorsement: non-exam assessment that is reported separately to the A Level grade.

Minimum Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including grade 6/6 in Double Science or grade 6 in Physics as a separate science. Due to the increased mathematical emphasis of the new courses we also require Mathematics GCSE grade 6 and strongly suggest taking Mathematics A-level as an additional option.

Updated September 2022