Whether you want to work to help cure medical problems, study the weather, explore extreme environments such as space, volcanoes or the deep sea, Physics will give you a grounding in the mechanics, fields, thermodynamics and space science that will set you up for further study in any of these areas.

Course Name: OCR Physics A

Topics covered: Content is split into six teaching modules:

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics
  • Module 2 – Foundations of physics
  • Module 3 – Forces and motion
  • Module 4 – Electrons, waves and photons
  • Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics
  • Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

Component 01 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.
Component 02 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.
Component 03 assesses content from all modules (1 to 6).


Entry requirements for the course: Grade 7 in Physics, Combined Science 7/7 and Grade 7 in Mathematics



Careers this qualification can lead to: A physics degree is a great starting point for a career in scientific research, as well as in a range of careers in the business, finance, IT and engineering sectors.

Jobs directly related to physics include:

  • Academic researcher
  • Acoustic consultant
  • Astronomer
  • Clinical scientist, medical physics
  • Geophysicist
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Metallurgist
  • Meteorologist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Radiation protection practitioner
  • Research scientist (physical sciences)
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Sound engineer
  • Technical author

Jobs where physics would be useful include:

  • Actuary
  • Applications developer
  • Clinical technologist
  • Data analyst
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Operational researcher
  • Patent attorney

Famous people who have studied the subject: Brian Cox (TV presenter), Angela Merkel (Former German Chancellor)