Higher Line Physics
Why choose Physics?
Studying Physics is about attempting to explain the Universe in terms of simple models. The OCR Advancing Physics course will teach you a great deal about the Universe and the amazing range of different ways that Nature’s building blocks can be put together and interact with each other. It will also teach you to look critically at the world and how our ideas about it have developed through the ages.
Related subjects – Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Biology are commonly studied by pupils taking Physics. However, Physics also makes a good contrasting but complimentary subject for those studying classics, modern languages, humanities or arts based subjects.
You will need to have a good basic grounding in the Sciences and Maths - if you have less than a B grade in either you will find the AS course difficult. The Additional Mathematics qualification and studying Maths to at least AS level are a definite advantage.
Further Important Information
Physics is a demanding subject and the pace at both AS and A2 is fast. However, success comes more easily to able mathematicians with a strong work ethic who have a genuine interest in the subject and the associated practical work.
Higher Education and Careers Options
The Advancing Physics course represents how physics is studied and used in the 21st Century. You will develop:
Practical experimental skills, Investigative skills, Analytical skills, Numerical skills, ICT skills, Research skills, Communication skills.
Physics underpins the technology that drives the modern world and supports careers in Science, Engineering, Medicine, Technology and IT. A training in Physics and its inherent mathematical skills are increasingly attractive in the Financial world.
Course details - OCR Physics B “Advancing Physics” H159 (AS) H559 (A2)
Unit G491 - Physics in Action (15% of A2) Communicating, Materials
Unit G492 - Understanding Processes (25% of A2) Waves and Quantum Behaviour, Motion
Unit G492 – Physics in Practice: coursework (10% of A2) Quality of Measurement Practical, Materials Presentation
Unit G494 – Rise and Fall of the Clockwork Universe (15% 0f A2) mathematical Modelling, Gases and Thermal Energy
Unit G495 – Field and Particle Pictures (25% of A2) Electric and Magnetic Fields, Particle and Nuclear Physics
Unit G496 – Researching Physics: coursework (10% of A2) Practical Investigation, Research Briefing