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Course Overview

OCR A Level GCE Physics A (H556) is a two year course. Students receive 9 lessons per fortnight, delivered by two different teachers. The course is entirely examined by three written examinations in the summer of Year 13. In addition, students keep a record of various practical activities that they undertake over the two years, providing evidence for an internally-decided “practical endorsement” — a statement printed on the student’s certificate to acknowledge that they have developed practical skills alongside their examination success.

It is possible to take two examinations in the Summer of Year 12, culminating in an OCR AS Level Physics A (H156) qualification. This is intended for those students who choose not to continue their studies into Year 13 and therefore will never complete the full A-level and these examinations do not generate any “credit” towards a subsequent A Level if the student does later continue their studies into Year 13.

Note: Fallibroome has chosen to enter all Year 12 students for AS exams in all subjects for the first couple of years of the new A Levels.



A Level examination dates (for Year 13 students):
Modelling Physics (H556/01): Monday 20th May 2019 (pm) (2h15m)
Exploring Physics (H556/02): Friday 24th May 2019 (am) (2h15m)
Unified Physics (H556/03): Monday 3rd June 2019 (pm) (1h30m)

AS Level examination dates (for Year 12 students):
Breadth in Physics (H156/01): Tuesday 14th May 2019 (am) (1h30m)
Depth in Physics (H156/02): Friday 17th May 2019 (am) (1h30m)


Practical Endorsement


Statement of Entry

The school enters students for their exams with the exam board and then students are given (usually around March) a Statement of Entry to check that no mistakes have been made. Please note that this final check is the students’ responsibility and that Fallibroome cannot be held accountable for any errors that are not picked up at this final stage.

A correct Statement of Entry for A Level Physics has four items on it:

An entry for Component 01 Modelling Physics, H556/01;
An entry for Component 02 Exploring Physics, H556/02;
An entry for Component 03 Unified Physics, H556/03;
A “cash in” code to request a certificate for the A Level Physics qualification, H556.

A correct Statement of Entry for AS Level Physics has three items on it:

An entry for Component 01 Breadth in Physics, H156/01;
An entry for Component 02 Depth in Physics, H156/02;
A “cash in” code to request a certificate for the AS Level Physics qualification, H156.


Course Plan


Private Study

We expect all students to undertake one hour of private study for every hour of lesson time. This means that in an average week all students will do 4 to 5 hours of private study.

At the very start of the course, this will mean reading through and tidying class notes and perhaps adding to them using the textbook. The textbook pages will also have worked examples and supportive questions that can be attempted.

After the first half term, though, students will be capable of attempting more complex questions from the textbook and past examination papers. From this point on, students must be careful to limit reading and note making to only that necessary when problems cannot be solved. The vast majority of private study time should be used to answer questions, mark them and review progress.

Students often find it difficult to judge that they are finding the right balance of activities during their private study time, or that they are doing the right amount. To help with this, we encourage students to download and use this weekly private study time record.


Past Examination Papers : H556 A Level Physics


Past Examination Papers : H156 AS Level Physics


Useful Links

Document downloads are available via the Google Drive link at the top of the page, and past examination papers are listed above. The following are additional online resources that will be useful to students during their private study and background reading.