The sixth form area of this website focuses on areas that are studied in the OCR A Physics curriculum, the specification can be found by clicking this link.
In 2018/19 Ms Fairchild, Mr Underdown and I will be following the schedule given below depending on the year group. If you miss a lesson you can identify what you have missed using these documents:
Here is a a breakdown of the different modules and relevant links to more information:
Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
We will be working through this module whilst studying other areas of the specification. It will not be treated as an independent module. The exams at both AS and A2 Level focus a lot on practical skills so this module is very important. If this section is completed appropriately and to a high enough standard then you will be awarded with a practical endorsement in Physics – most universities will expect you to have this award.
Module 2 – Foundations of Physics
This module introduces important concepts and ideas that filter through the rest of the Physics course (and beyond).
Module 3 – Forces and motion
This module teaches about kinematics and dynamics. Kinematics deals with lengths, times, speeds, etc., whereas dynamics deals with masses, forces, energy, momentum etc.
Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons
This module focuses on the flow of electrons, electrical current and circuits as well as electromagnetic waves and quantum physics – you will gain an appreciation of the importance of quantum physics and how it has developed over time.
Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics
In this module, you will learn about thermal physics, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields, astrophysics and cosmology. You will focus on Newton’s laws of motion and apply them to large scale systems (such as satellites and orbits) as well as the microscopic motion of atoms.
Module 6 – Particles and medical physics
This module advances the material you will have learnt in Modules 1-4 and allows you to explore the concepts and significance of electric fields, electromagnetism, capacitors and nuclear and particle physics. We then finish by combining concepts learned and applying them to medical physics.