Lincoln Minster School

A-Level Physics

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In many ways, Physics is the fundamental Science subject. It deals with the obscure; matters from the smallest scale of sub-atomic particles to the largest scale with thought provoking questions about the Universe. It also deals with the everyday; Physics certainly is one of the most relevant subjects in the running of our daily lives.

If you are the sort of person who has always asked “How?”, “Why?”, and always want to know how and why things work, then Physics may just be the subject for you.

It is extremely highly thought of by employers in a huge range of careers as a result of the problem solving skills that become highly developed during the course. It is also important to many that Physicists are statistically the highest paid Scientists!

Students studying A-Level Physics can go onto a huge variety of degrees and careers including: Physics, Scientific Research, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic/Electronic Engineering, Medicine, Aeronautical Engineering, Architecture, Computing.

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Course Content and Methodology

At LMS we study the OCR course leading to A2 qualifications. The course bridges the gap between GCSE and A-Level standard of thinking and problem solving. Students in Year 12 study two module areas. These extend upon some topics studied at GCSE such as forces and electricity; and introduce new areas such as the physics of materials and quantum physics.

Year 13 builds on the Year 12 topic areas, develops a more extensive understanding of field theories and diagnostic techniques in medicine but also introduces the fields at the forefront of Physics research in Cosmology, Particles, and Nuclear Physics. Students will be taught by two Physics teachers, who share the teaching of the course.

Practical skills are practiced through the course and are formally assessed by the teachers using tasks outlined in the specification.

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Exam Board: OCR GCE A-Level Physics A H556

Assessment is by means three units taken at the end of Year 13 with a practical endorsement reported separately to the student’s grade.

Component 1:

Modeling Physics - 2h 15 mins written paper (100 marks – 37%)

Component 2:

Exploring Physics - 2h 15 mins written paper (100 marks – 37%)

Component 3:

Unified Physics - 1h 30 mins written paper (70 marks – 26%)

Component 4:

Practical Endorsement Non examined and reported separately

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Meet Our Alumni

Our students go on to many exciting destinations all over the world and work in a wide range of careers. Our alumni includes Netflix actors, olympians, racecar drivers, musicians, business leaders and much more. 

Course Requirements

Students must have studied dual award or separate sciences at GCSE Higher Tier and whilst students can complete the course with grade 6, students are more likely to have successful A-Level outcomes if they have achieved grade 7 or above. Supporting grades in mathematics are also a requirement.

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Aspire Programme

The Aspire Programme is dedicated to providing exciting and challenging academic opportunities for our students.
These opportunities will be focused on extending knowledge and understanding, providing stimulating and demanding academic challenges, and, ultimately, inspiring students to apply for the most competitive courses at the most prestigious institutions. 


Our Sixth Form students have access to their own Common Room, Resources Centre and Silent Study Suite, where they socialise and relax, find books or speak to our Careers team, and complete their studies in peace (respectively).

As part of their studies, students may also have access to the dedicated art, photography and graphic design studio, purpose-built Recital Hall for musical performances, fully-equipped drama studio as well as indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.