A brilliant A-Level course.
Studying physics will make you this clever.
AS Physics. Woohoo!
I want to study physics!
The pages here contain resources for the
Advanced Level AS and A2 qualifications
which form the Advancing Physics course* (OCR specification B).
The course is a modern and forward thinking course, originally designed
by the Institute of Physics, and now owned by Oxford University Press.
It is a fantastic A-Level course which covers some really
interesting work on signal processing
and audio signals,
image manipulation and information theory.
The course explores ideas about superposition phenomena such as
thin film interference and laser interference patterns; standing waves are examined in
detail and these ideas are then linked to the AS work on quantum
mechanics and the particle physics work in the A2 course.
Follow the links at the top of the page to find the relevant
resources for the modules you are studying.
You may also wish to visit the
Advancing Physics website,
which provides additional resources, materials and reading.
The AS Physics course* comprises two modules.
G491 covers ideas about
sensing using electrical
systems, signals, and
G492 covers ideas about
quantum behaviour, forces,
Students undertake a two part coursework task - G493.
Part 1 requires students to produce a presentation, based on
their research of a specialist material. Part 2
requires students to consider the accuracy of their
measurements of physical quantities, and how to improve the
accuracy of a measurement, in the context of an
investigative practical task.
The A2 Physics course also comprises two modules.
G494 covers ideas about
circular motion and orbits,
space, time and
relativity, ideas about the
structure of the
universe, and lots more.
G495 covers ideas about
charges and fields,
Students also undertake a two part coursework task.
Part 1 requires students to produce a report, based on their
research of a topic outside the A-Level specification.
Part 2 requires students to undertake an extended
investigative practical task into a topic of their choice.
*This exam specification changed
recently. This information reflects the LEGACY course
structure/content, and I will no longer be teaching this course
as of September 2016 - so the information here is unlikely to be
updated any time soon. Please check against the latest
version of the exam specification to verify details of course
content and structure.