There are eight teaching topics and a practical skills topic:
* Indicates the inclusion of synoptic assessment.
Students must complete either the foundation tier (paper 1 and paper 2) or the higher tier (paper 3 and paper 4) to be awarded the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Physics A (Gateway Science).
Content is split into eight teaching topics (P1–P8) and a practical skills topic (P9). Students develop their knowledge of the fundamental physical concepts and the unified models which derive from them. They discover how complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas.
The topics are: