OCR GCSE 21st Century Physics
Physics, like Chemistry and Biology, consists of three written papers. They cover the topics from the modules from Core Science (P1, P2, P3) , Additional Science (P4, P5, P6) and Further Applied Science (P7). A controlled assessment tests practical skills.
P1: The Earth in the Universe Module
• What do we know about the place of the Earth in the Universe?
• What do we know about the Earth and how it is changing?
P2: Radiation and life Module
• What types of electromagnetic radiation are there? What happens when radiation hits an object?
• Which types of electromagnetic radiation harm living tissue and why?
• What is the evidence for global warming, why might it be occurring, and how serious a threat is it?
• How are electromagnetic waves used in communications?
P3: Sustainable energy
• How much energy do we use?
• How can electricity be generated?
• Which energy sources should we choose?
P4 – Explaining motion
~ How can we describe motion?
~ What are forces?
~ What is the connection between forces and motion?
P5 – Electric circuits
~ Electric current – a flow of what?
~ What determines the size of the current in an electric circuit and the energy it transfers?
~ How do parallel and series circuits work?
~ How is mains electricity produced? How are voltages and currents induced?
~ How do electric motors work?
P6 – Radioactive materials
~ Why are some materials radioactive?
~ How can radioactive materials be used and handled safely, including wastes?
P7 – Studying the Universe
~ Naked eye astronomy
~ Light, telescopes and images
~ Mapping the Universe
~ The Sun, the stars and their surroundings
~ The astronomy community
Unit PCA: Physics controlled assessment