PhysicsQRThe Course

There is much to learn about our universe and A level physics is a great place to start. We provide the platform to nurture the innate curiosity about the big questions of existence that every physicist starts out with. If you want to discuss the topics of life, the universe and everything; the physics classroom is where those discussions happen. From galaxies, black holes and supernovae on the biggest scales of the universe, down to quantum mechanics, electrons, quarks and nuclear energy at the smallest scales, the physics A level course literally covers everything.

At Liskeard Sixth Form we run the OCR A level physics course. This covers the more traditional topics within the subject and are fundamental to most university physics courses. These include mechanics, materials, waves, electricity and quantum physics in year 12, followed by thermal physics, oscillations, fields, nuclear and particle physics, medical physics, stars and cosmology in year 13. The course has several opportunities for practical work throughout the programme of study, ranging from experiments with a simple pendulum, through to determination of Planck’s constant and finding a value for absolute zero. The topics of study are broad and far reaching, giving students a wider understanding of physics in general and is excellent preparation for their next step in life.


There are 3 external exams for the A level qualification, with half of the specification examined on the first paper, the other half on the second. The third paper covers all topics from the whole 2-year course.
Paper 1 – 2 hours 15 minutes - Modelling physics 37%
Paper 2 – 2 hours 15 minutes - Exploring physics exam 37%
Paper 3 – 1 hour 30 minutes - Unified physics 26%.

There is a pass/fail practical endorsement awarded for practical skills. Students must keep a record of their practical work throughout the 2 years to show evidence of meeting minimum skills standards in order to achieve the pass mark.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Physics grade 6 or Trilogy Science grade 66
GCSE Maths grade 6

Careers & Higher Education

A level Physics will enable progression to the full suite of studying physics at university. It is also often a pre-requisite for medical and engineering degree courses as well as a great accompaniment to further study in mathematics. Opportunities for employment for physics graduates range from education to research, engineering to finance and beyond. Physics graduates are often prized for their data handling skills and mathematical modelling in fields beyond the science itself. With potential future developments with Newquay spaceport, there may soon be many more physics based career opportunities in Cornwall beyond the current opportunities in medical physics and radiology, naval nuclear reactors, aerospace, communications, materials and astronomy.

Further Advice & Information

Mr Davis



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