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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): Thursday 15th June 2017, AM (2hr 15min)
Exploring Physics (H556/02): Wednesday 21st June 2017, AM (2hr 15min)
Unified Physics (H556/03): Thursday 29th June 2017, AM (1hr 30min)
AS Level examination dates (for Year 12 students):
Breadth in Physics (H156/01): Tuesday 23th May 2017 AM (1hr 30min)
Depth in Physics (H156/02): Thursday 8th June 2017 PM (1hr 30min)
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.
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
Specimen | Paper and Markscheme
Past Examination Papers : H156 AS Level Physics
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.
H556 A Level Physics Specification
H156 AS Level Physics Specification
Data, formulae and relationships booklet
Video: Monkey and Hunter 1
Video: Monkey and Hunter 2
Video: Mythbusters — Bullet Fired Dropped
Video: Mythbusters — Soccer Ball Shot From Truck
Video: Derivation of the Equations of Motion
PhET simulation: Projectile Motion
Simple harmonic motion
PhET simulation: Mass-Spring Lab
PhET simulation: Pendulum Lab
PhET simulation: Resonance
Lissajou Figures: paths made by objects executing SHM in two directions at the same time. Setting the frequencies and amplitudes equal in both directions results in circular motion, but what if they’re different? http://ngsir.netfirms.com/englishhtm/Lissajous.htm
YouTube Playlist: Simple Harmonic Motion
YouTube Playlist: Resonance
PhET simulation: Gravity Force Lab
PhET simulation: Gravity and Orbits
PhET simulation: Solar System
PhET simulation: Gas Properties
PhET simulation: Collision Lab
PhET simulation: Ladybug Motion
PhET simulation: Ladybug Revolution
Video: Why aren’t there any green stars?