Physics - Year 13


For A-level Physics we follow the OCR Physics A specification.  In Year 13 students learn the remaining material, complete the practical endorsement and hone their skills at answering synoptic questions.

Course Content

Autumn Term

Newtonian world and astrophysics:

Thermal physics, ideal gases, circular motion, oscillations, gravitational fields, stars and cosmology.

Spring Term:

Particles and medical physics:

Capacitance, electric fields, magnetic fields, particle physics, radioactivity, nuclear physics and medical imaging.

Summer Term

Revision and exams.


Set at least weekly.  Usually in the form of problems, online quizzes or exam style questions.  Independent work is also a vital part of studying A-level Physics.  It is expected that students will spend time consolidating work done in lessons and reading around the subject to support the development of their understanding.


End of topic tests are carried out; practical work is assessed throughout the course by the teacher.  There will be an end of year internal exam equivalent to an AS exam.

The formal external assessment of the A level physics consists of three exam papers, two of 2hour 15mins (each 37% weighting) and one of 1hour 30mins (26% weighting) plus teacher assessed practical endorsement.

Useful Links and Information

Pupils are encouraged to seek help and advice from their Physics teachers at school outside of lessons. includes a digital version of the textbook used in school, as well as a wide variety of extra resources to support learning, some of them interactive.

The rest of the resources offers information to help understand concepts and carry out active revision such as mind map making and self-quizzing.