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Welcome to A Level Physics at Kent College.  The course is designed to be a natural continuation of GCSE/IGCSE Physics. The course is based on practical experience and students will perform and observe many different experiments as well as examine applications to everyday lives and many real-world links.  The course is both stimulating and challenging for any student keen to give a gain a real understanding of the physical and technological world in which we live. 

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for the course is grade 8 at GCSE/IGCSE Physics or grades 8,8 at GCSE/IGCSE Double Award Science. Strong mathematical skills are also required. 

Course overview

The content of the OCR (A) Specification is divided into six modules that are further divided into key topics.
Module Content
Module 1 Development of practical skills in Physics
Module 2 Foundations in Physics
Module 3 Forces and motion
Module 4 Electrons, waves and photons
Module 5 Newtonian world and astrophysics
Module 6 Particles and medical physics


Teaching of practical skills is an integral part of the course and students will be required to develop their skills (planning, implementation, analysis and evaluation) in preparation for the written examinations.  Coursework no longer exists and has been replaced with Practical Endorsement for physics.  Throughout the two year course, student’s practical competence (use of particular apparatus and techniques) will be recorded and assessed internally, by staff at Kent College.

Assessment Overview

At the end of the two year course (in the June series) students will take three mandatory external examinations, covering each of the six units. 

Paper Assessment / Marks / Exam / Balance
Paper 1

Modelling Physics - 2 Hours and 15 Minutes - 100 Marks - 37 %
(Modules 1,2,3, and 5)

Part A - 15 marks

Multiple Choice

Part B - 85 marks

Structured questions (theory and practical skills)

Paper 2

Exploring Physics - 2 Hours and 15 Minutes - 100 Marks - 37 %
(Modules 1,2,4, and 6)

Part A - 15 marks

Multiple Choice

Part B - 85 marks

Structured questions (theory and practical skills)

Paper 3 Unified Physics - 1 Hour and 30 Minutes - 70 Marks - 26 %
(All modules)
Non-exam part of the course

Practical Endorsement for Physics

Reported separately (does not count towards A Level)

Career Opportunities

Almost all students intending to study engineering or pure sciences will require A Level Physics, as well as applied science such as materials science, Geology or Radiotherapy.  Those intending to study medicine will certainly find physics very useful.  It is highly valued because it demonstrates an ability to be logical, analytical and numerate.


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