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Welcome. A Level Physics. Contents. Introduction to OCR Introduction to Physics Why change to our specification? Support and training Next steps. A Level Physics. About OCR. Part of Europe’s largest assessment agency, Cambridge Assessment UK’s leading awarding body

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Welcome

A Level Physics


Contents

  • Introduction to OCR

  • Introduction to Physics

  • Why change to our specification?

  • Support and training

  • Next steps

A Level Physics


About ocr
About OCR

  • Part of Europe’s largest assessment agency, Cambridge Assessment

  • UK’s leading awarding body

  • Over 13,000 centres choose our qualifications

  • Qualifications are developed in consultation with teachers


Our mission
Our Mission

Our commitment is to provide qualifications which engagelearners of all ages whether at school, college, in work and part time training programmes so they achieve their full potential

make a difference

Practical Accessible Innovative and exciting


Our credentials
Our Credentials

  • Leading the way with new ideas

  • Dedicated to offering respected qualifications

  • Engaging and relevant qualifications

  • Comprehensive support framework


A Level Physics A


Physics a credentials
Physics A Credentials

  • Specifications attract more candidates than any other awarding body

  • Designed for teachers by teachers


Key points of the specification
Key points of the specification

  • Incorporated new topics and removed some content

  • Popular aspects have been integrated

  • No longer hierarchical assessment


Physics a as structure
Physics A | AS Structure

Teaching units

and Assessment method and weighting

  • G481 Mechanics

  • Motion

  • Forces in Action

  • Work and Energy

  • G482 Electrons, Waves and Photons

  • Electric Current

  • Resistance

  • DC Circuits

  • Waves

  • Quantum Physics

  • G483 Practical Skills in Physics 1

  • This AS unit is teacher assessed and externally moderated by OCR

  • Learners are assessed on one task from each of the following categories: qualitative, quantitative and evaluation tasks


Physics a a2 structure
Physics A | A2 Structure

Teaching units

and Assessment method and weighting

  • G484 The Newtonian World

  • Newton’s Laws and Momentum

  • Circular Motion and Oscillations

  • Thermal Physics

  • G485 Fields, Particles and Frontiers of Physics

  • Electric and Magnetic Fields

  • Capacitors and Exponential Decay

  • Nuclear Physics

  • Medical Imaging

  • Modelling the Universe

  • G486 Practical Skills in Physics 2

  • This A2 unit is teacher assessed and externally moderated by OCR

  • Learners are assessed on one task from each of the following categories: qualitative, quantitative and evaluation tasks


Stretch and challenge
Stretch and Challenge

  • Stretch and Challenge is a new QCA initiative for A Levels:

  • Included in A2 assessment

  • Reflected in the style of question asked which invite a greater variety of thinking

  • Questions are structured to show more connections between different sections of the specification

  • Extended writing is encouraged in all subjects (except Maths0

  • A wider range of question types – like case studies and open ended questions

  • More synoptic assessments – exploring connections between different areas and levels of a subject


A Level Physics B


Physics b credentials
Physics B Credentials

  • The focus is on how physics is put into practice and used in the modern world

  • Learners explore the kind of impact that discoveries in physics have had on the way people live now

  • Developed with the Institute of Physics


Key points of the specification1
Key points of the specification

  • Customised resources from the Institute of Physics

  • Digital imaging is now featured

  • Distinctive content


Physics b as structure
Physics B | AS Structure

Teaching units

and Assessment method and weighting

  • G491 Physics in Action

  • Communication

  • Designer Materials

  • G492 Understanding Processes, Experimentation and Data Handling

  • Waves and Quantum Behaviour

  • Space, Time and Motion

  • G493 Physics in Practice

  • Quality of Measurement

  • Physics in use


Physics b a2 structure
Physics B | A2 Structure

Teaching units

and Assessment method and weighting

  • G494 Rise and Fall of the Clockwork Universe

  • Models and Rules

  • Matters in Extremes

  • G495 Field and Particle Pictures

  • Fields

  • Fundamental Particles

  • G496 Researching Physics

  • Practical Investigation

  • Researching Briefing


What s in it for you
What’s in it for you?

  • Easy to administer

  • Rewarding to deliver

  • Appeals to less experienced teachers as well as those looking to broaden their repertoire

  • Clear guidance of Assessable Learning Outcomes in the specification


What s in it for your learners
What’s in it for your learners?

  • Enjoyable and motivational

  • Improving performance through a skill based subject

  • Stretch and challenge opportunities

  • Clear, explicit and accessible question papers

  • Build on GCSE knowledge


What s in it for your school
What’s in it for your school?

  • More student enrolments

  • Flexibility in curriculum planning

  • Good progression routes


Support
Support

  • Overarching scheme of work and sample lesson plans

  • E-community

  • Exemplar candidate work

  • Coursework guidance documents

  • Past papers on line for you to download

  • Exam quest

  • INSET


Publishers
Publishers

  • We are working with publisher partner Heinemann to provide further resources to support these specifications. The student books and teacher resources are specifically tailored to the new specification.


Next steps
Next Steps

  • Book training/events - www.ocr.org.uk/training

  • Bookmark website for further information/future updates – www.ocr.org.uk


  • Other qualifications

  • A Level Biology A

  • A Level Human Biology

  • A Level Chemistry A

  • A Level Chemistry B (Salters)

  • A Level Geology

  • AS Science

  • A Level Applied Science


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