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Physics A (9-1) – J249 (OCR from 2016) 

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Topic and Assessment overview

There are eight teaching topics and a practical skills topic:

P1: Matter

P2: Forces

P3: Electricity

P4: Magnetism and magnetic fields

P5: Waves in matter

P6: Radioactivity

P7: Energy

P8: Global challenges

P9: Practical skills

Physics A (9-1) - J249

Tier PaperAssesses contentMarks (Duration)Weighting
Foundation tier (grades 5 to 1)Paper 1P1: Matter
P2: Forces
P3: Electricity
P4: Magnetism and magnetic fields
P9: Practical skills
90 (1 hour 45 mins)50%
Foundation tier (grades 5 to 1)Paper 2*P5: Waves in matter
P6: Radioactivity
P7: Energy
P8: Global challenges
with assumed knowledge of topics P1–P4 and P9
90 (1 hour 45 mins)50%
Higher tier (grades 9 to 4)Paper 3P1: Matter
P2: Forces
P3: Electricity
P4: Magnetism and magnetic fields
P9: Practical skills
90 (1 hour 45 mins)50%
Higher tier (grades 9 to 4)Paper 4*P5: Waves in matter
P6: Radioactivity
P7: Energy
P8: Global challenges
with assumed knowledge of topics P1–P4 and P9
90 (1 hour 45 mins)50%

 

Plan: Physics A (9-1) - J249

TOPICYearFast hours
P1: MatterYr10
3 hrs
P2: ForcesYr10
6 hrs
P3: ElectricityYr10
3 hrs
P4: Magnetism and magnetic fieldsYr10
3 hrs
P5: Waves in matterYr10/Yr11
4 hrs
P6: RadioactivityYr113 hrs
P7: EnergyYr113 hrs
P8: Global challengesYr115 hrs
P9: Practical skillsYr10/Yr116 hrs

Physics B (9-1) – J259 (from 2016)-Twenty First Century Science Suite 

Topic and Assessment overview

P1: Radiation and waves

P2: Sustainable energy

P3: Electric circuits

P4: Explaining motion

P5: Radioactive materials

P6: Matter – models and explanations

P7: Ideas about science

P8: Practical skills

Physics B (9-1) - J259

Tier PaperAssesses contentMarks (Duration)Weighting
Foundation tier (grades 5 to 1)Paper 1Breadth in physics (01)
Assesses content from all eight chapters
90 (1 hour 45 mins)50%
Foundation tier (grades 5 to 1)Paper 2*Depth in physics (01)
Assesses content from all eight chapters
90 (1 hour 45 mins)50%
Higher tier (grades 9 to 4)Paper 3Breadth in physics (01)
Assesses content from all eight chapters
90 (1 hour 45 mins)50%
Higher tier (grades 9 to 4)Paper 4*Depth in physics (01)
Assesses content from all eight chapters
90 (1 hour 45 mins)50%

Physics B (9-1) - J259

TOPICYearFast hours
P1: Radiation and wavesYr10
4 hrs
P2: Sustainable energyYr10
3 hrs
P3: Electric circuitsYr10
5 hrs
P4: Explaining motionYr10/Yr11
35hrs
P5: Radioactive materialsYr11
4 hrs
P6: Matter - models and explanationsYr114 hrs
P7: Ideas about scienceYr114 hrs
P8: Practical skillsYr10/Yr116 hrs

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/gateway-science-suite-physics-a-j249-from-2016/specification-at-a-glance/