Advancing Physics is an A-level physics course examined by OCR which was developed in association with the Institute of Physics (IOP) with assessment through written examinations and teacher-assessed coursework. It may also be referred to Physics 'B' to distinguish it from the OCR's other Physics course.
The course, in line with all other A-level courses, consists of six modules. The first three make up the AS Level, the last three represent the A2 section of the course. All six are required in order to obtain the full A-level qualification.
The modules are, in the order they are studied:
- Physics In Action (assessed via. 1h examination)
- Understanding Processes (assessed via. 2h examination)
- Physics In Practice (A teacher-assessed coursework module)
- Rise and Fall of the Clockwork Universe (assessed via a 1h 15m examination)
- Field and Particle Physics (assessed via. 2h examination)
- Advances In Physics (A teacher-assessed coursework module)
Course Support Materials
The IOP have produced and published two books and two CD-ROMs to support the course. There is one book and CD-ROM for both the AS section of the course and A2 section. The two books supposedly contain all theory and methods that will be required in the exam whilst the CD-ROM offers a more in depth look at every topic as well other resources such as diagrams for show on an interactive whiteboard. The main method of browsing the text and other data on the CD is via the Folio Views software. Also included on the CD are a number of software packages such as Modellus, a package to demonstrate the effects of mathematical models and Worldmaker, a package that can help students model situations and run simulations based on events occurring. The IOP have also created examples using these programmes linked to the course and these are included on the CD and also accessible through the main browser. In addition support materials are provided via. the IoP Advancing Physics website.
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