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Physics AS/A2 Level at The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Course description

What will I study?

  • modern techniques of communication
  • from fundamental particles to the structure of the Universe
  • how forces and motion underpin everyday activities such as transport and sport
  • energy demands and the effect this has on the fate of the planet; electrical energy.
  • how physics is used to send probes and astronauts into space
  • energy and momentum conservation in relation to theme park rides
  • searching for new mineral resources and buried remains; imaging organs inside the body.
  • how steam and internal combustion engines work
  • the structure of matter; high energy particles; electric and magnetic fields
  • nuclear materials; spontaneous and stimulated nuclear decay; nuclear fusion; radioactivity.

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

6 A* - C GCSE passes including English. A minimum grade B in GCSE Physics or minimum grade B in Additional and Core Science is required as well as a grade B in Maths.

Assessment

  • The AS and A2 courses will have 3 units each.
  • 2 of the 3 units will be assessed by an external written exam.
  • The 3rd unit will be an assessment of your practical skills by your teachers and an internal written exam to test your investigative skills.

Future opportunities

The course is essential for anyone intending to follow an Engineering career of any sort, those interested in Health Physics (such as Radiography) or who might be interested in an academic career in Physics or Astronomy.

It will be very useful for those interested in Ophthalmology, Medicine, and Architecture. It is also a very well regarded general subject, particularly for financial careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

Venues

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    • Travel to school by public transport is strongly recommended as there is very limited parking on site and in the local area.

      For those travelling by bicycle we also have secure bicycle racks on site.

      Nearest Tube Stations 

      Greenford and Ealing Broadway 

      Nearest British Rail Station 

      Greenford 

      Nearest Bus Routes

      92 Ealing Hospital - Greenford - Wembley - Neasden

      95 Southall - Greenford - Park Royal - Shepherd’s Bush

      105 Heathrow - Greenford - Park Royal - Shepherd’s Bush

      282 Ealing Hospital - Greenford - Eastcote - Mount Vernon

      E1 Ealing Broadway - Drayton Green - Greenford

      E2 Brentford - Greenford - Ruislip

      E3 Greenford - Acton - Chiswick

      E5 Greenford - Southall - Havelock Estate

      E6 Greenford - Willowtree Lane - Hayes

      E7 Ealing - Greenford - Ruislip

      E9 Ealing Broadway - Greenford - Yeading

      Access for Disabled Visitors

      We have a limited number of parking spaces available for disabled visitors. The school reception can be accessed via a ramp and automatic doors. In addition to this, the majority of buildings have lifts and ramp access. If you are visually or hearing impaired, or have other needs, you would be welcome to contact the school prior to coming to the school so that we can endeavour to meet your needs during your visit.