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Welcome to A Level Physics at Kent College. The course is designed to be a natural continuation of GCSE/IGCSE Physics. The course is based on practical experience and students will perform and observe many different experiments as well as examine applications to everyday lives and many real-world links. The course is both stimulating and challenging for any student keen to give a gain a real understanding of the physical and technological world in which we live.
The minimum entry requirement for the course is grade A at GCSE/IGCSE Physics or grades AA at GCSE/IGCSE Double Award Science. Strong mathematical skills are also required.
The content of the OCR (A) Specification is divided into six modules that are further divided into key topics.
Teaching of practical skills is an integral part of the course and students will be required to develop their skills (planning, implementation, analysis and evaluation) in preparation for the written examinations. Coursework no longer exists and has been replaced with Practical Endorsement for physics. Throughout the two year course, student’s practical competence (use of particular apparatus and techniques) will be recorded and assessed internally, by staff at Kent College.
At the end of the two year course (in the June series) students will take three mandatory external examinations, covering each of the six units.
Almost all students intending to study engineering or pure sciences will require A Level Physics, as well as applied science such as materials science, Geology or Radiotherapy. Those intending to study medicine will certainly find physics very useful. It is highly valued because it demonstrates an ability to be logical, analytical and numerate.