Exam Board OCR                                   PHYSICS

This is a linear course which will be assessed at the end of two years of study. The course is designed with a focus on being relevant to real world experiences and to prepare students for future studies in science or engineering.

Course content



·        Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

·        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


Enrichment opportunities

Ø  Opportunities to attend Physics in Action day at UCL and workshops run by the Rutherford Physics Partnership

Ø  Participation in the Oxford Physics Olympiad

Ø  Trips to: Maidstone Oncology Department, JET Fusion, the Diamond Light Source, CERN Geneva


Students are assessed by end of module tests, independent work, practical work and homework.

External Assessment

The course will be externally assessed by three papers at the end of year 13.

Paper 1 assesses Modules 1, 2, 3 & 5 lasting 2 hours 15 minutes and accounts for 37% of the qualification.

Paper 2 assesses Modules 1, 2, 4 & 6 lasting 2 hours 15 minutes and accounts for 37% of the qualification.

Paper 3 assesses all 6 modules and last 1 hour 30 minutes and accounts for 26% of the qualification.

Practical Endorsement: Pupils will complete a minimum of 12 required practicals (known as PAGs – Practical Activity Groups) to demonstrate key practical skills. These do not affect the grade achieved, but are needed to be completed so that the exam board will award a grade based on the examination results only.