A Level Physics 

OCR A H556

Why study A-Level Physics?

Physics is the most basic and fundamental science.

It is crucial crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. This understanding can then challenge our imaginations which eventually leads to great discoveries and technologies that can change the lives of us all. A study of physics provides a basis to many of the other sciences, including chemistry, oceanography, seismology, and astronomy (and can be applied to biology or medical science). Studying physics encompasses the whole of the Universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest of subatomic particles.

Physics at UTC Cambridge

At UTC Cambridge we believe that science is a practical subject and we strive to make lessons as interactive and practical as possible. You will receive three hours of Physics lessons per week, these are often supported by the work that you will complete in Challenge Projects.

Where can A-level Physics take you?

Physics opens the doors to many careers and courses. In the short term it allows you to go on to study for A Level Physics or BTECs in the sciences. Qualifications in Physics also lead onto a very wide range of university courses, apprenticeships and careers. A-level Physics will enable you to study physics, engineering, mathematics and gives you the basis for the studying of any numerate degree subject eg. Accountancy. It would also enable you to follow apprenticeship programs in a range of science related fields and engineering. 





Assessment is through three written exams taken at the end of Year 13.

Paper 1 – Modelling Physics assess content from modules 1,2,3,5
Duration 2 hours and 15 minutes
Contributes 37% of the final grade

Paper 2 – Exploring Physics assess content from modules 1,2,4,6
Duration 2 hours and 15 minutes
Contributes 37% of the final grade

Paper 3 – Unified Physics assess content from all modules
Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes
Contributes 26% of the final grade

In addition to the exams each student has to complete 12 required practical activities, whilst, although not assessed, are a compulsory component of the course and are reported separately to the exam grade.

Entry requirements:

B in both GSCE Maths and Physics.


The full specification can be found by clicking here.

In brief the course consists of six taught modules:

Module 1: Practical skills
Module 2: Foundations of physics
Module 3: Forces and motion
Module 4: Electrons, Waves and Photons
Module 5: Newtonian world and astrophysics
Module 6: Particles and medical physics

Year 12 A Level Teaching Programme

Year 13 A Level Teaching Programme

Where can I get extra help?

An online text book and additional resources are available at www.kerboodle.com
Each UTCC student has their own unique login to this site which enables them to access the resources.