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AS Level Physics (OCR)

AS Level Physics

Dates Available

  • Week 1: Monday 25 March – Friday 29 March
  • Week 2: Monday 1 April – Friday 5 April
  • Week 3: Monday 8 April – Friday 12 April


OCR A H156 – not suitable for those studying OCR B

Length of Course

20 hours


9am to 1pm daily

The course examines key topic areas and extensive use will be made of previous exam questions to illustrate relevant principles. The course will focus on exam technique and relating principles to applications.

The course will cover the following:

Module 2: Foundations in Physics

  • Quantities and Units
  • Vectors and Scalars

Module 3: Forces and Motion


  • Motion in a straight line, SUVAT (constant acceleration) equations, projectile motion, freefall

Forces in Action

  • Force diagrams, terminal velocity, moments and couples, density and pressure, Archimedes’ principle

Work, Energy and Power

  • Conservation of energy, kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, power and efficiency


  • Springs and Hooke’s law, elastic potential energy, Stress-strain and the Young modulus

Newton’s Laws of Motion and Momentum

  • Newton’s laws, linear momentum, impulse, collisions

Module 4: Electrons, Waves and Photons

Charge and Current

  • Kirchoff’s first law

Energy, Power and Resistance

  • Circuit components and symbols, I-V characteristics, resistance

Electrical Circuits

  • Kirchoff’s laws and circuits, resistor combinations, analysing circuits, internal resistance, potential dividers, sensing circuits


  • Progressive waves, wave properties, refraction and reflection, superposition and interference, Young’s double slits, stationary waves.

Quantum Physics

  • Photons, the photoelectric effect, wave-particle duality

Module 1 Development of Practical Skills in Physics not explicitly covered on this course, however relevant experiments and techniques will be discussed where appropriate throughout.

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