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A level Physics gives you a closer look and a deeper understanding of the laws of the universe.
What is Physics?

“The important thing is not to stop questioning … One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality.”
Albert Einstein
The world we live in has been completely transformed by the scientific developments of the last 200 years. These developments have been built upon the work of scientists like Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell and Albert Einstein who sought to discover and describe the physical laws that govern this amazing universe we live in. In GCSE Physics, you will have been introduced to some of these people and their discoveries, but A level Physics gives you a closer look and a deeper understanding of the laws of the universe.

What is Physics at DLD?

Over the course of two years you will explore:

The different properties of materials; why certain materials are used to make computers, buildings and replacement body parts

The existence and behaviour of waves; how musical instruments produce their notes

The wave-particle paradox

How electricity is created; how early televisions were invented

How atoms were discovered; what you get when you smash an atom into pieces

How we have developed theories of the lives of stars and the size of the universe without ever leaving the Solar System.

Physics 18 Month A Level Programme

Physics is available as an 18 Month A level Programme.
Students complete either half or the full AS Level from January until the May examinations and the remainder of the course, including covering any remaining AS Level material, in their A2 year. The way in which the course is structured depends upon subject choice.
Students taking the 18 month A Level will often only take three subjects, yet, if an extra AS Level is needed to support a university application, we always try and accommodate this.

How is it assessed?

New Specification (teaching starts September 2015)
AS Level

Paper Weighting Format
1 50% Written paper 1 hour 30 minutes covering the whole syllabus 70 marks
2 50% Written paper 1 hour 30 minutes covering the whole syllabus 70 marks

A Level

Paper Weighting Format
1 37% Written paper 2 hrs 15 mins on Modules 1,2,3 and 5 100 marks
2 37% Written paper 2 hrs 15 mins on Modules 1,2,4 and 6 100 marks
3 26% Written paper 1 hr 30 mins covering the whole syllabus
4 Non-exam assessment. Does not contribute to A level grade. Additional mark given.

Practical work: 12 practicals must be completed to create a portfolio. Questions about these practicals will
appear on the written papers.
Exam Board: OCR(A) + (ED)

What do I need?

Physics requires an enquiring mind, a desire to see how things work and to uncover the basic rules which govern the universe. You should be a person who never accepts blindly what you are told but always looks for the evidence which backs it up.

Good subject combinations

You need to be comfortable with using Maths as a tool. Although it is not essential to take A Level Maths you will find it a great help – indeed many students study Maths and Further Maths along with Physics. Chemistry and Biology are obvious choices to study alongside Physics if you want to study a science based course at university, Economics if you are thinking of an Engineering or Economics course and Art if you are considering Architecture or Design.

18 Month A-Level

This subject can be studied over 18 Months starting in January (minuimum 5.5 IELTS score is required).

After DLD

Physics trains you to think logically, develop reasoned arguments and look for relevant information in a large amount of data. Some career choices are obvious: physics, engineering, aeronautics, and Architecture for example. However, the skills you will develop are also highly desirable for careers in law, finance and management. Another career option for physics graduates is radiography and medical physics.


Q. Can I study the course in one year?
A. Yes. But only if you already have experience at A Level or equivalent. A One Year A Level course is not suitable for a student who has just completed Year 11.

Entry Requirements for international students

To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0.
At the start of each academic year of study students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons.
If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.

Book list

Book list – AS Physics 2016-2017
Year 1 Textbook:
A Level Physics A for OCR Year 1 and AS Student Book
Publisher: Oxford ISBN 978-0-19-835217-4
Year 2 Textbook:
A Level Physics A for OCR Year 2 Student Book
Publisher: Oxford ISBN 978-0-19-835766-7
Revision guides:
CGP: A-Level Physics: OCR A Year 1 & AS Complete Revision & Practice
ISBN: 978 1 78294 295 5

What makes the study of physics so exciting is that you can truly start to appreciate how the world around you works. You will never look at a mobile phone, a plane or a star in the same way again.

Emma Perry – DLD Graduate

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