Physics

Physics explains why and how things work in the physical world around us. In physics you will explore concepts from electrical generation and power to satellites, forces, and motion. A qualification in physics will allow you to follow many career paths:

Medical – many medical based courses such as medicine, vet medicine, dentistry, and optometry require a knowledge of physics.

Engineering – Physics is a requirement for all university and college courses involving engineering and physical sciences.

Trades – Physics provides key knowledge for builders, mechanics, plumbers, joiners, and electricians. A physics qualification could help you stand out in applying for a college course or apprenticeship.

Physics is offered at National 4, National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher. Some general information about the courses is given below and more can be found on the SQA Physics website https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/45729.html

National 4 National 5 Higher Advanced Higher
3 Units:

– Waves and radiation

– Electricity and energy

– Dynamics and space

3 Units:

– Waves and radiation

– Electricity and energy

– Dynamics and space

3 Units:

– Our dynamic universe

– Particles and waves

– Electricity

4 units:

– Rotational motion and astrophysics

– Quanta and waves

– Electromagnetism

– Units, prefixes, and uncertainties

Pupils must pass 3 unit assessments and complete an assignment (AVU) to gain their course award. These are internally assessed. Pupils must pass a final exam which accounts for 80% of their final mark and an assignment which is externally assessed which accounts for the other 20%. Pupils must pass a final exam which accounts for 80% of their final mark and an assignment which is externally assessed which accounts for the other 20%. Pupils must pass a final exam worth 75% of their final mark and complete a research project worth the other 25% of their final mark.
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