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Poetry and Rhetoric

Pupils have the option of following the International Baccalaureate (IB) or A Levels

Course requirements:

Students will need to have a good basic grounding in the Sciences and Maths – if less than a B grade at GCSE in either they will find IB standard level/the AS course difficult.  The Additional Mathematics qualification and studying Maths to at least AS level are a definite advantage.

The department aims to stretch pupils through outstanding teaching, using a number of more demanding resources and text books such as “Nelkon and Parker” which allow pupils to study A level topics to a greater depth and with more mathematical rigour.

Extension work at Higher Line includes participation in British Physics Olympiad competitions run by Oxford University consisting of written exams and practical competitions at GCSE, AS and A2 levels.  The department organises visiting speakers, and our most able pupils also have the opportunity to compete for places on the Cambridge SPC and Villiers Park courses.


 AS / A2 Course (Year 12 & 13)
The Specification followed at GCE A Level is OCR Physics (Specification B). Link to OCR website. 

AS H157
Unit 1 Development of Practical Skills in Physics

Unit 2 Fundamental Data Analysis

Unit 3 Physics in Action

Unit 4 Understanding Processes

This is assessed through two 1 hour and 30 minute written papers, each worth 50% of the total AS level.

A2 H557

Unit 5 Developments of Practical Skills in Physics

Unit 6 Fundamental Data Analysis

Unit 7 Physics in Action

Unit 8 Understanding Processes

Unit 9 Rise and Fall of the Clockwork Industry

Unit 10 Field and Particle Physics

This is assessed through three written papers. Paper 1 is 2 hours and 15 minutes long and is worth 41% of the total A-Level. Paper 2 is 2 hours and 15 minutes long and is worth 37% of the total A-Level. Paper 3 is 1 hour and 30 minutes long, this assesses practical work and is worth 22% of the total A-Level.

IB Diploma

Students can study Physics at Standard or Higher level.

Standard and Higher Level topics covered include: Physics and physical Measurements; Mechanics; Thermal Physics; Oscillations and Waves; Electric Currents; Fields and Forces; Atomic and Nuclear Physics; Energy, Power and Climate Change;

Higher Level topics also include Digital Technology and options in Communications and Electromagnetic waves.

Syllabus Outline

Higher Level (240 hours)

– Internal assessment (individual investigation): 20%

– External assessment: 80%

Standard Level (150 hours)

– Internal assessment (individual investigation): 20%

– External assessment: 80%

Please see the International Baccalaureate website for more details.