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Physics AS/A2 at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School and Language College

Course description

Cardinal Wiseman are not accepting applications through Search and Apply. If you want to apply  please call Helen Curtis on 024 76617231 extension  253

This is an A Level course

 

Course content

 

The specification builds on concepts and skills developed in GCSE Science.  It encourages students to develop an enthusiasm for Physics and practical skills as well as an understanding of concepts. 

Physics is a challenging A level.  You should expect to find it difficult at times.  You should also expect a ‘buzz’ and be very proud of yourself when you overcome these difficulties and solve the problems.  Physics is a very rewarding subject in that if you work hard and show determination then you will receive a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment

 

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum Grade B GCSE in Additional Science, or Physics GCSE, for entry onto this course.  It is advisable to have achieved a minimum Grade B GCSE Maths.

Assessment

How will I be assessed?
During the course you will be set problems and will receive regular feedback. There will be ongoing assessment using past exam questions. The final AS/A2 assessment is summarised in the following table.

Module Title Nature of Assessment Notes
Year 12

  • AS Unit 1 - Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity)
    Written exam (1 hours) January 40% of AS, 20% of full A Level marks
  • Unit 2 - Mechanics, Materials and Waves
    Written exam (1 hours) June 40% of AS, 20% of full A-level
  • Unit 3 - Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Physics
    Centre Assessed Unit 20% of AS, 10% of full A-level


Year 13

  • A2 Unit 4 - Fields and Further Mechanics
    Written exam (1 hours) January 20% of full A-level
  • Unit 5 - Nuclear and Thermal Physics and option topic: Turning Points in Physics
    Written exam (1 hours) June 20% of full A-level
  • Unit 6 - Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 Physics
    Centre Assessed Unit 10% of full A-level

How will I study?

In addition to the theory there is a great deal of emphasis on practical work. The course is very demanding and students are expected to carry out a great deal of independent work. Physics is a challenging A level. You should expect to find it difficult at times and get stuck. You should also expect a 'buzz' and be very proud of yourself when you overcome these difficulties and solve the problems Physics is a very rewarding subject in that if you work hard and show determination then you will receive a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment.

 

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Future opportunities

This course gives you a thorough theoretical knowledge of the subject which enables you to go on and study physics, or other subjects in which physics is a key component, at degree level. It also provides an introduction to many careers that involve physics such as engineering, medicine, computing, and electronics.

Further information

Cardinal Wiseman are not accepting applications through Search and Apply. If you want to apply  please call Helen Curtis on 024 76617231 extension  253

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School and Language College directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks - 104 Weeks

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